Waititi is incapable of dealing with the twin horrors of oppression and indoctrination beyond cheap-seats sentimentality and joke-making.
The series struggles to find a distinct voice that isn’t beholden to the original film.
Thor: Ragnarok is the flamboyantly roller-disco entry in an already uncomplicatedly cartoonish side franchise.
Compared to your average Disney princesses, Moana is neither selfishly rebellious nor simplistically innocent.
It infuses an outdoorsy survival tale and a coming-of-age story of friendship with Taika Waititi’s penchant for distaff flakiness.
It finds humor and love in a potentially grim situation without ever belittling or caricaturing the characters.
It sympathetically renders the small humiliations and inconveniences of life as an old-world vampire struggling with modernity.
It’s most concerned with calling on bouts of whimsy and superficial cultural signifiers to approximate the headspace of its characters.