Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hunt for the Wilderpeople ★★★★

This movie was just absolutely adorable, Sam Neill and Julian Dennison are just spectacular as a cranky old woodsman and a little shit head. This was Dennisons big break and he nailed his role so well it’s no surprise he did two major Hollywood blockbusters pretty much right after. He’s got amazing charisma and excellent comedic chops that could make him the butt of the joke or the straight man in equal measure. Of course Sam Neill is a legend but here he’s better than he’s been in ages. Despite being an irreverent comedy it’s really easy to feel Uncle Hec’s inherent sadness.

It’s a nice hang out movie, but there’s not much in the way of plot. Not that it matters because everything here is so well meaning and charming. Neil and Dennison get stuck in the woods and thanks to odd circumstances they’re also on the run from the law. So it’s more about seeing these two wonderful actors interact and slowly become friends over the course of their journey. 

And really that’s all there is to it. It’s enjoyable fluff, but there’s nothing wrong with fluff when there’s so much heart poured into it.

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