Movies, Comedy

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

No Comments 23 October 2016

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Once in a while one comes across a film that is very special. Hunt for the Wilderpeople should clearly be on your list of must-see film.

It is a comedy but the first 15 minutes or so it feels more like a tragedy. A fat little teenage boy is dropped off by child welfare services with an elderly couple. We quickly learn that it was the idea of the wife to take in this orphan boy who has a difficult time managing his emotions and often runs into trouble with the authorities. The plot has twists and turns that you cannot predict. What first seems like a tragedy turns in a very funny comedy that will even appeal to those who go to the movies to see dramatic car chases. The action takes place in New Zealand and for those of us whose budget is limited, this is a cheap way to see the natural beauty of this Island country way down under. New Zealand is not known for making many great films. But this one—along with The Whalerider—is a spectacular movie. I have been so intrigued by the writer and director, Taika Waititi, who also plays a small role in the film, that I want to see two the other full feature films that he has made. Stay tuned for more.

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