Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hunt for the Wilderpeople ★★★★½

"Ricky Town. Population, Ricky"

There's something delightfully endearing about all of Waititi's movies, and I think this is best exemplified in Hunt for the Wilderpeople, even if it isn't quite his best film. The narrative layout feels very storybook-ish, like something your parents would have read you when you were young. The young, rambunctious protagonist, the older mentor type character, the animal sidekick, it's all here. But what made Hunt for the Wilderpeople truly special is how it manages to be constantly hilarious and surprisingly heartfelt, sometimes both at the same time.