Hunt for the Wilderpeople is now available both on Netflix and Amazon. So I thought it would be a good time to encourage everyone to make time to watch this wonderful film.
It’s brilliantly directed by Taika Waititi
Taika Waititi was the man behind the hilarious What We Do In The Shadows (reviewed here). As with that film, the Hunt for the WIlderpeople combines humour and pathos to create something beautiful.
Taika Waititi clearly revels in finding the human through humour and the Hunt for the Wilderpeople mixes the laughs with the tears perfectly. Every scene helps us understand the characters a little more and either brings with it a laugh or a sob.
Sam Neill plays Hector, the monosyllabic and disgruntled farmhand who’s reluctantly paired with truculent Ricky Baker. Hector is by turns grumpy, confused, heartbroken and funny. Sam Neill’s nuanced performance lets the audience relate to Hector. Sam Neill may be destined to go down in history as a man who fought with dinosaurs, but this could be his greatest performance. The growth of Hector on screen is both subtle and unmistakable. How he hasn’t had awards thrown at him for this portrayal is beyond me.
The supporting cast are hilarious
For a film largely centred around the travels of two people, Hunt for the Wilderpeople has a large and varied cast. Chief among them are the two women in Ricky Baker’s life, his foster mother Bella and Child Services worker Paula. Bella combines the sweetness of a woman who is desperate for a child with the wildness of a farmer capable of beating a boar in a knife fight. Rachel House is perfect as the power mad Paula, who sees the manhunt as an opportunity to be the big time enforcement officer she is in her mind. Throw in a couple of excellent cameo’s from Taika Waititi and the scene stealing Rhys Darby (of Flight of the Concords fame), and you have a stellar all round cast.
Ricky Baker will crack you up & make you cry
Hanging the success of a film on the performance of a child actor is a pretty risky move. But when it pays off it’s certainly worth it. Julian Dennison is hilarious as the rotund and surly Ricky Baker. He perfectly captures the swagger of a boy desperately trying to find his place in a world that doesn’t have a place for him.
It will make you want to visit New Zealand
I’m sure New Zealand is a brilliant place, but I’ve never really wanted to go. It just seemed like a long way to go for a place that always seemed to be a bit like Scotland. In the ’70s.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople, however, shows off New Zealand’s epic countryside in a way not seen since Lord of the Rings.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople rating
5 Stars – clearly. If you haven’t got Netflix, you can download Hunt for the Wilderpeople on Amazon.
- Hunt for the Wilderpeople Rating
We’ve given you five reasons to watch Hunt For the Wilderpeople, but we could have given you a hundred.
If you haven’t watched, make sure you do so right now.