Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hunt for the Wilderpeople ★★★½

The infinitely endearing Hunt for the Wilderpeople feels like the stylistic melding of Wes Anderson and, dare I say ("Dare, dare!"), Mel Brooks, and certainly justifies the perfect score it holds on Rotten Tomatoes as of this writing. The film shines when at its most ridiculous, including an excellent cameo from the writer-director himself, and promises to cheer up even the most depressed theatergoers, but doesn't quite pack enough punch to feel essential. The protagonists' objective isn't nearly specific or driven enough, resulting in a less than impressive plot and somewhat corny epilogue. It isn't as strong as What We Do In The Shadows, but still provides hope that Thor: Ragnarok could actually be a good movie in the hands of the more than capable Taika Waititi.

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