Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hunt for the Wilderpeople ★★★★

The near-perfect trilogy of Boy, What We Do In The Shadows, and this film cemented Taika Waititi for me as one of the most vital filmmakers working in the comedy genre right now. Like Edgar Wright, he combines a great eye for visual comedy with a deeply empathetic beating heart. The bush-man scene (one of the biggest laughs I got all year) is straight out of Monty Python, but the pain & gratitude in Ricky's face as he finds a family is all too real.

One minor pet peeve about the marketing, though: it kept saying "a kid raised on hip-hop..." and so on, but aside from a Tupac joke and some lines about being 'gangsta', this film has almost nothing to do with hip-hop and much more to do with traditional Maori culture.

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