Taika Waititi: Mastering Happy Sad Cinema

Taika Waititi’s distinct style of cinema has a unique way of combining tragedy and comedy to create beautifully absurd and poignant representations of the world. This video explores how this dynamic plays out in ‘Eagle vs. Shark’ (2007), ‘Boy’ (2010) and ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ (2016).

Some very minor spoilers ahead.


Directing


Genre Style & Conventions


Mood & Tone


Taika Waititi: Style & Technique


Black Comedy


Comedy


Horror Comedy


Satire


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