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“Uncle, you’re basically a criminal now. But on the bright side, you’re famous.”
– Ricky Baker

SYNOPSIS: A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush. – via IMDB

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GRADE 8Alright, so obviously I was excited to check this out because I adored What We Do In The Shadows, and still laugh every time I watch it. This was not disappointing, although it is a totally different type of film. This one is more good, clean, family fun (well, mostly clean), and it has this really cringy, awkward humour to it that I thoroughly enjoyed – so dry. Plus it had Sam Neill, and I quite enjoy him. Anyway, the movie starts off painfully awkward, and after a while it catches its flow, and it gets on a roll and it is enjoyable. I felt that there were times where the pacing was a little off, but that was no big issue. The score was totally suiting, and I loved watching Sam Neill and Julian Dennison together; they really were the biggest sellers here. That relationship man! The story is nothing groundbreaking (two characters dislike each other, slowly form respect, then they are tight), but it is handled exceptionally well, and the film is engaging throughout. There is a particularly enjoyable scene explaining why Jesus is a tricky fellow, as well as the certainty that “shit just got real”. Ricky incessantly calling Hec “Uncle” was also dead amusing for me, and Rachel House’s Paula was a right piece of work, and yet entertaining. I feel that the movie had a solid story and a dramatic element that was flawlessly woven throughout, never coming across as forced, but giving the comedy some bite, too. A lighthearted, fun film that has moments of majestical heart, The Hunt For The Wilderpeople is definitely worth a watch.

9 thoughts on “Rapid Review: Hunt For The Wilderpeople (2016)

  1. Tom says:

    Arggghhh. Why is this film not playing anywhere near me?! I guess this just means the longer the wait, the sweeter the reward. I have heard so many good things about this and you giving it an 8/10 really pushes it over the edge for me. And I love Sam Neill, too. So great to see him in something again. It feels like its been awhile!

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    1. Zoë says:

      Ah man, hope you get it soon! It’s a great little film, truly it is! I hope you enjoy it when it breaks ground there. Sam Neill is awesome, and it has been a while!

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      1. Tom says:

        This and Captain Fantastic are two films I cannot wait to see.

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  2. Keith says:

    Ooooooh how I love this one. It has really stuck with me.

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    1. Zoë says:

      Such a good one!

      Like

  3. Hey Zoe! Hope you’re well. Great write-up of one of my favourite films of the year. Just loved this. Still quoting it now!

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    1. Zoë says:

      Doing well thanks Mark, hope you are too. Ah yes, this really was wonderful, and so quotable.

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  4. table9mutant says:

    Nice review. 🙂 Was curious what you thought since I know you loved Shadows. I’m sure I’ll watch this at some point but I’m still not sure about it for some reason, despite all the rave reviews…

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    1. Zoë says:

      I also wasn’t sure about it, but I liked it. Good, clean fun. Very different from WWDITS, but I quite enjoyed it.

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