Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hunt for the Wilderpeople ★★★★

*This review was not written for Letterboxd, I wrote it as a piece of GCSE Journalism coursework. The target audience was 12-16 year olds. I’m deciding to post it here, so excuse the obvious cringe.* 

Put down your school books, switch off your phones, grab your mates and come down to the local cinema because Taika Waititi is in town! 

“Hunt for the Wilderpeople” is finally coming to cinemas across the UK and it is undoubtedly the funniest film of the year so far. This lighthearted comedy/adventure tells the story of Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison), a defiant city kid who finds himself of the run with his bad tempered foster uncle (Sam Neill) in the wild New Zealand bush. The duo slowly build their relationship and embark on a crazy adventure across the most beautiful and dangerous area in New Zealand. A manhunt entails with every adult across New Zealand looking for the pair. 

Both the leads give very empowering performances, with Sam Neill giving his best performance since “Jurassic Park” 23 years ago. Julian Dennison gives a fantastic performance; the young star has the brightest future imaginable. The star man is yet again Taika Waititi, the writer and director perfectly crafted this film, adding another great film to his filmography following “What we do in the shadows.” This is great news for Marvel fans as Waititi is lined up to direct next year’s “Thor: Ragnorok” which is bound to be Marvel’s best film yet. The soundtrack is uplifting, the costume design is fantastic and the setting is exhilarating. The film is filled with great songs like, “Cloak of the sky” and “Ocean Blue” both of which will be sure to get your emotions running high. If you liked the classic Pixar film “Up” then you will undoubtedly love this film. 

The film is a whirlwind of emotions that is destined to capture the hearts of all viewers, whether school is dragging you down or your family are driving you crazy, this is the perfect film to watch and laugh along with your friends. Get straight online and book your tickets to start your delightful adventure in the New Zealand bush.

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