Hunt for the Wilderpeople – 2016 – Directed by Taika Waititi and Starring Jilian Dennison, Sam Neill, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House, Oscar Kightley, and Rhys Darby. – Adventure / Comedy
Simple Overview: Ricky Baker is a misfit who’s caused heaps of trouble throughout his youth and became a misfit the state needs to find a home for. This lands him on a remote farm with a kind “Auntie” and standoffish “Uncle”. After a period of happiness, disaster strikes and “Uncle” and Ricky find themselves on the run through the mountains of New Zealand with their two dogs. An adventure that involves the wilderness, the police, time with mans best friend, and a solid line up of comedy Taika Waititi’s “Hunt For the Wilderpeople” will have you enjoying every minute of this film.
What Could Have Been Better: Do I have to do this part? Small inconsistencies in the film appear such as having items in one moment then not having them in another happen in the film(Ricky and the police. His gun is never sure if it wants to be apart of the shot). The Pig attack was a little weird. Maybe poor cgi or costume?
What I loved: Sam Neill is outstanding in this film. I still think of him as Alan from Jurassic Park and he still shows us he fits as the adventurous type in this film. I have only watched him in Deadpool 2 before this and he shows here that he belongs on the big screen and is a multi-talented actor. Taika was great in his appearance as the priest while being his usual great self too. As far as the film goes it was well shot, capturing the beautiful views of New Zealand, the culture shared through the language and diverse cast while not being overly flashy about it. The humor was just right in my opinion accompanied by the real-world emotions that were shared in death, fear, and growth.
My Favorite Scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_s3bHABazDA
Final Thoughts: Taika Waititi knows what he is doing as a director and storyteller. He has captured our attention and is making use of his renown by sharing stories that have powerful messages while keeping things lighthearted overall. Hunt for the Wilderpeople is no different. The great lines accompanied by smart acting, filmography, and the underlying message that life and family can be a mess but when “Shit gets real” they’ll be there for you.
Some of my Favorite Quotes from the Film:
“Come on, have some breakfast, then you can run away.”
“Ricky Baker, now you are 13 years old. / You are a teenager and you’re as good as gold. / Ricky Baker, Ricky Baker, / Happy Birthday. / Once rejected, now accepted, / By me and Hector. / We’re trifecta.”
“you’re more like Sarah Connor, and in the first movie too, before she could do chinups.”
“You know, sometimes in life it seems like there’s no way out. Like a sheep trapped in a maze designed by wolves.”
“Shit just got real! Back up, homies, and let go of my uncle!”
“Here you go. Put these on, to stop the government from tracking you.”
“We didn’t choose the skux life.The skux life chose us.”
Rating:4.8 thumbs up out of 5.
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