OUR FLAG MEANS DEATH // s01

OR: Rhys Darby & Taika Waititi’s Gay Pirate Show

It’s great. Takes a few episodes to properly reveal the true premise as a warm, ensemble comedy with strong queer undertones that turn to overtones of self-acceptance.

Once it gets going it’s a very sweet sort of romance set against a backdrop of classic pirate hijinks, but one of the captains is foppishly terrible at their job.

The whole cast is excellent, even if they’re slightly overshadowed by the charisma and chemistry of Waititi and Darby.

Highly recommended.

Hope this gets a second season, it’s a breath of fresh sea air. Kinda feels like an inevitability with all the (well deserved) positive buzz, so fingers crossed.

JOJO RABBIT (2019)

Only Taika Waititi could take a film about a fanatic 10yo Nazi boy and make something so charmingly funny, heartwarming and honest.

Waititi himself plays Jojo’s imaginary friend Hitler, spurring him on to be the best little Jew investigator he can be.

In anyone else’s hands the premise would be tasteless, especially in today’s climate, but here we have a whole cast of strange, damaged, hilarious figures riding the farce with enough emotional weight that its silliness never floats away.

It’s wonderful, a must watch.