Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hunt for the Wilderpeople ★★★★

Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a cute, effective comedy that brims with heart and soul, as well as a hue of Kiwi identity. It's a modern fairy tale that relies on its cast to work, and provides visually breathtaking escapes not only for its ill-fated protagonists, but the audience in general.

As a non-typical survival tale, Hunt for the Wilderpeople is largely comical despite its undercurrents of heavier subjects -- orphan, death, loneliness, and Taika Waititi's trademark dry humor works pretty well to balance things out here. The striking visuals, thanks to the natural beauty of New Zealand, secures a refreshing touch to the familiar premise, and the chemistry between Julian Dennison and Sam Neill is truly what seals the deal, providing a dazzling storyline of bonding and healing, in an equal parts harsh and gorgeous wilderness setting. Recommended.

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