Nicolò Grasso’s review published on Letterboxd:
Taika Waititi can do no wrong. In this unusual manhunt, you will laugh, you will cry, and you will have a blast. Sam Neill proves once again how much of an underrated actor he is, while Julian Dennison delivers a breakout performance that is hilarious and heartwarming. Rima Te Wiata (who I loved in 2014's Housebound) does a fantastic job in the smaller role she has, but her presence is felt throughout the movie.
The film balances comedic and dramatic moments masterfully. I chuckled and smiled throughout most of the movie, but one scene inside a hut with our two leads and three hunters was pure comedy gold. I was crying out of laughter.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a must-watch comedy. Just like with every genre, a film works best when the story itself is the focus, rather than adhering to genre tropes. This is what makes this an excellent film, with a ton of heart, Kiwis, and gangsters!
Visual Effects: 8
Violence & Gore: 7.5
Sex & Nudity: 4
Drugs & Profanity: 5
Intensity & Horror: 4