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.
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!