Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hunt for the Wilderpeople ★★★½

This is just Taika having fun. There’s not a lot subtext. It’s not incredibly innovative. There’s no pressure of a big-budget. The movie is the result of a guy going out and making something that invokes his favorite pop-culture and it’s enjoyable as heck.

The downside to this approach is that it doesn’t really stand on its own as a film. The referentiality and pastiche is reminiscent to Tarantino or Wright but it’s missing that special ambition their films usually wield, relying a bit too heavily on indie quirk that makes it slightly generic. 

Still, it’s the best version of that. I wish this had the same personal perspective as his sophomore feature, Boy, but his impishness makes this a great movie just to toss on with ANY company and it will be thoroughly enjoyed (I can confirm: roommate and her BF thoroughly enjoyed).

Plus, this lead to possibly the most fun superhero movie of the past decade, so that’s pretty gangsta...

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{Double 2/2: w/ The Secret Life of Walter Mitty}

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