Thursday, June 30, 2016

MOVIE - Hunt for the Wilderpeople

NR (1:41)
Limited release 6/24/16
Viewed around June 30, 2016
RT Critic: 97   Audience:  91
Critic's Consensus:   The charmingly offbeat Hunt for the Wilderpeople unites a solid cast, a talented filmmaker, and a poignant, funny, deeply affecting message.
Cag:  5 Loved it
Directed by Taika Waltiti
Piki Films

Sam Neill

My comments:  I didn't write my thoughts and comments at the time, stupid me!  I do remember that this had heart and I really enjoyed it a lot.  A great family film from New Zealand.

RT/ IMDb Summary:  Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec, and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face their options: go out in a blaze of glory or overcome their differences and survive as a family. Equal parts road comedy and rousing adventure story, director Taika Waititi (WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, upcoming THOR: RAGNORAK) masterfully weaves lively humor with emotionally honest performances by Sam Neill and Julian Dennison. A hilarious, touching crowd-pleaser, HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE reminds us about the journey that growing up is (at any age) and those who help us along the way.

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