Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Taika Waititi (2016)

97min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This charming comedy from Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit) combines endearing characters with generous helpings of deadpan humour - and the result is quite wonderful. Set in New Zealand, it follows Julian Dennison as a tearaway teen who ventures into the wilderness to avoid juvenile detention. Thankfully, he is tracked down by his foster uncle Sam Neill, a grumpy, taciturn mountain man who helps him survive in the bush as they try to stay one step ahead of the authorities, Dennison and Neill form a delightful double act, creating a mismatched duo who are utterly joyous to watch. There are a few gags that don't quite land, but so many amusing moments and witty exchanges mean that doesn't matter. As Neill says: it's magestical.

Summary

A 12-year-old brought up in the city is sent to be fostered by the good-natured Bella and her grumpy husband Hec, who live on a farm in rural New Zealand. When tragedy strikes. Ricky runs off into the wilderness, pursued by Hec - inadvertently sparking a national manhunt for the two of them. Comedy adventure written and directed by Taika Waititi, starring Sam Neill and Julian Dennison.

Cast & Crew

Hec Sam Neill
Ricky Julian Dennison
Bella Rima Te Wiata
Paula Rachel House
Psycho Sam Rhys Darby
Minister Taika Waititi
Kahu Tioreore Ngatai-Melbourne
Andy Oscar Kightley
Ron Stan Walker
Joe Mike Minogue
Director Taika Waititi
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: VertigoGuidance: Swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 16 Sep 2016
Comedy Drama