Hello, fellow moviegoers!
Hunt for the Wilderpeople is directed by Taika Waititi, and it stars Sam Neill and Julian Dennison. It tells the story of an 11-year-old kid and his adoptive father as they’re on the run in the wilderness of New Zealand in an attempt to avoid child protective services. This is a smaller film that was released in early 2016, but not very many people saw it, myself included. However, last night I thought it would be a better use of my time than going out to see Resident Evil: The Final Chapter or Gold. So is Hunt for the Wilderpeople a good use of your time?
Hunt for the Wilderpeople was an incredibly fun, heartwarming film that never fails to make its audience laugh. The premise for the film is a little ridiculous, but seeing these two social outcasts go on an adventure together in the wilds of New Zealand was a very entertaining experience.
First and foremost, this film was a lot of fun. From the quick cheesy jump-cut cinematography to the witty dialogue, this film has a personality to it that you don’t see very often. From the very beginning, the tone of this film is one made of optimism and jubilation. While watching this movie, I had a solid smile on my face. It never failed to surprise me with its simple humor and general amusement with the circumstances at hand. The film did occasionally have the guts to get a little sad. There were a few moments where something sad happens, but it never feels out of place. It’s a bit of a jump back to reality from this silly situation. These moments don’t happen very often, but when they do, they feel natural.
Part of what made this film work was the cast. The film takes place in New Zealand, and a majority of the cast were actually from there. They didn’t just bring in a bunch of outside talent to pretend to be Kiwis, they cast genuine people from the islands. The main duo in the film, Sam Neill and Julian Dennison, worked extremely well together. They had a lot of chemistry, and they played off of each other very well. You completely bought into both of their characters and the way that they treated each other.
Sam Neill gave a very good performance in this film, but the biggest surprise to me was Julian Dennison. He played the main kid, and he was absolutely hilarious, but it was in a natural way. It never felt like he was making jokes just for the sake of a punchline. It legitimately felt like something that this kid would say. Dennison pulled off this character extremely well, and I hope we begin to start seeing him in more films because he definitely has some talent.
To sum it all up, Hunt for the Wilderpeople was an extremely fun movie to watch. It’s premise, while silly, was extremely entertaining. The two lead characters both provided for some really entertaining bantering, and they were sold even more by the performances from their actors. The film as a whole feel like a really fun film made by a group of college students, and by that I mean it feels like they were making the movie for the fun of it, not for the money. I would very highly recommend Hunt for the Wilderpeople. If I had seen it earlier, this might have cracked my Top Ten of 2016!
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