Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hunt for the Wilderpeople ★★★★★

Why did I wait this long to see this? This has to be one of the most joyous films I have seen in recent years, perhaps ever.

From start to finish it is an entertaining thrill-ride and Taika Waititi's impeccable direction (that one-shot montage?! I dread to think how difficult that was to pull off!) shows New Zealand's landscapes and nature in the most beautiful way since the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

And how refreshing to have a grown-up comedy film that isn't high on crude elements, without having to rely on lazy, immature fart jokes. Don't get me wrong, I like a good dirty comedy, but Hunt for the Wilderpeople uses swearing sporadically, features no drug use or nudity, and its violence is always to serve the story, yet it is still one of the funniest films in recent years. This is thanks to spirited performances, excellent comic timing, and a razor sharp script that mixes clever wit and irreverent pop culture references ("You're Sarah Connor before she could do chin ups") masterfully.

I'd happily be adopted by Sam Neill and adopt Julian Dennison and his dog, Tupac, myself. They bring so much heart to an already emotionally strong film. It's fantastic to see such an idiosyncratic New Zealand film perform so well internationally, and hopefully more and more people will continue to discover one of 2016's finest films.

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