Sunday, 22 May 2016

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

Every so often a movie comes along that is a pure delight from start to finish. Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) is quickly becoming part of New Zealand folklore and providing plenty of laughs along the way. Based on the 1986 novel Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump, Hunt for the Wilderpeople has been brought into the 21st century and given the Taika Waititi directorial treatment. In just eight short weeks, Hunt for the Wilderpeople has become the highest grossing local film in New Zealand.

The movie features a long line of cameo appearances, including Waititi himself as a church minister. Sam Neill is his usual fine form as the gruff 'Uncle' Hec and newcomer Julian Dennison takes on this master at his craft with a cheeky performance of his own. There are so many laughs in this film as the duo go on the run from police and 'child services', sparking a national man hunt over escalating misunderstandings. There's drama, action, comedy and plenty of clever kiwi pop culture references.

Watch the official trailer here, then see the movie for yourself while it's still playing in cinemas.

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