Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hunt for the Wilderpeople ★★★½

"Hunt for the Wilderpeople” is a New Zealand adventure dramedy written and directed by Taika Waititi. It is a charming, funny, and beautiful-looking movie that also addresses serious topics such as child abandonment, child welfare services, loss, and loneliness in a heartfelt and empathetic way.

The heart of the film is the relationship between the foster child Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison) and his new foster father (or “uncle”, as he calls him) Hec Faulkner (Sam Neill). They are both likable characters and the bond that slowly grows between them is heartwarming. There are also several memorable supporting characters, most of them comic relief, my favorite being the child service officer Paula Hall (Rachel House), who is hilarious.

Apart from the humor, the characters, and the moving story, “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” also has great cinematography that showcases the beauty of New Zealand and a magical soundtrack. The whole movie gave me huge Wes Anderson vibes. If you like Taika Waititi´s humor, the New Zealand landscape, or movie tropes such as found family or unlikely duos, you will probably enjoy this film.

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