From dark to light humor, hard truths and honest emotion, Hunt for the Wilderpeople is the full-hearted comedy that has it all. With an original story, charming characters, and an endearing adventure, it is without doubt one of the best comedy dramas of the year. And a likely candidate for best foreign film.
After growing up in foster care, being rejected by many families, Ricky is one step away from juvie. He is sent to live with a family in the New Zealand countryside. After a few days of defiance, Ricky finds himself right at home. But when tragedy falls upon his new family, child services decides to take Ricky to juvie. When child services arrives to his new home, he is gone.
Director Taika Waititi takes us through Ricky’s ludicrous but amusing journey with gorgeous New Zealand sceneries, sincere laughs, and a brilliant screenplay. The screenplay alone is extremely entertaining. Yet the acting brings it to life in a perfect manner. And while the actors are not your typical big screen models, it is hard to not fall in love with each of them. Especially, Ricky.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a unique film designed to make any person, no matter the age, smile. It is hard to think of anyone not enjoying it. While the adventures may be somewhat ludicrous and the ending rushed, there is much more to this film. Underneath all the jokes and adventures, this film shows us the importance of friendship and family. As well as how certain people and moments can change us and our lives in the most beautiful manner.
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