Hunt for the Wilderpeople


Review: Ricky, raised on hip-hop and foster care, gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He soon learns that his new foster parents, Aunt Bella, Uncle Hec are about to ship him off to another home. Ricky and Uncle Hec go on the run in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt is ordered.
Director: Taika Waititi
Actors: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata and Rachel House
Year: 2016
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy and Drama
Conclusion: 4/5
I really enjoyed this film and found it very funny. The script was very intelligently written. It is so unusual to see a film set in New Zealand. I found the scenery to be breath-taking. Both Sam Neill and Julian Dennison were fantastic in this. I never realized just how much Sam Neill had a sense of humour. Watching this I felt I actually cared about the characters and believed in them. At one point in this film Sam Neill uses the word “majestical”. Even though it is stated in the film that this word is not real, it was in fact used by William Shakespeare in Hamlet (Act 1 Scene 1). The soundtrack to this is brilliant. The scene in which Ricky had to blow all the candles out and they were singing “Happy Birthday” to him was filmed 10 times before they then realized that they couldn’t get the rights to the song. The director has a cameo in this film as the minister. The themes that are shown in this are romanticism, respect, acceptance and loyalty. A very touching film which is absolutely unique and very refreshing.


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