Directed by: Taika Waititi
Starring: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata
Hunt For the Wilderpeople was a very fun time. It’s a New Zealand film starring Sam Neill (from Jurassic Park fame) and the young Julian Dennison. The two end up in the NZ bush for an extended period of time, which leads the authorities to believe Neill has kidnapped Dennison, and the two decide to remain in the bush to escape persecution, generating a ginormous manhunt. It’s pretty awesome, very funny and super charming,
The film impressed me most in two ways; Dennison provides one of the most convincing child performances I’ve ever seen, and every character in the film, including the supporting cast, is extremely memorable and likeable. Lots of care has been put into the writing, direction, and performances for these characters, and I feel that’s why it has generated the response it has (it currently has 100% on Rotten Tomatoes). Not to mention, the humour is great, almost every joke hit a bullseye and the audience I was with couldn’t stop laughing.
Highly Recommend. Support extra-Hollywood filmmaking and go see it in theatres.