The Hunt for the Wilderpeople

This is the type of film where you really get to have a good laugh, not the light chuckle type laugh, but a deep belly laugh. A laugh that's good for the soul. So do yourself a favour and go and see this film. It's incredible. 

I didn’t chose the skuxx life, the skuxx life chose me
— Ricky Baker

If you're familiar with some of Taika Waititi's other movies, you'll be right at home here. If you're not familiar, maybe you should treat-yo-self with a "skuxx" gift, I highly recommend one of these classics: 

Without giving to much away, Hunt for the Wilderpeople is basically the story of a young boy named Ricky Baker. Ricky is a foster kid who ends up "going bush" with his care giver / 'uncle'.

It's a story about the social welfare system, friendship, adventure and growing up. And it really strikes the balance of good humour, serious undertones and a well adapted story for the big screen.

Some of my favourite things about this movie would have to be: 

  • Ricky's 'delinquent' rap-sheet
  • The word: skuxx
  • The word: knack 
  • The Ricky Baker song 
  • The hot-water bottle
  • Ricky's various haiku's 
  • The natural chemistry between Sam Neil and Julian Dennison 

Though probably my most favourite thing about this movie, was it was just a movie. It wasn't building a universe, laying seeds for a sequel, introducing 100s of characters. It was just a movie that told a story with a start, middle and end. Something we probably need more of... 

I also really hope we get to see more of Julian Dennison, he's a great actor! You can also check him out in the NZ Transport Agency's advertising campaign: Blazed.

So, go and see it. If you've seen it, see it again. I think this is going to be one for the ages. 

You could even take it old school and read the Barry Crump book: Wild Pork and Watercress!