Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
Critic Consensus: The charmingly offbeat Hunt for the Wilderpeople unites a solid cast, a talented filmmaker, and a poignant, funny, deeply affecting message.
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The always funny Rhys Darby makes a third act appearance as Hunt for the Wilderpeople treks deeper into the unrestrained realm of adventure comedy with absurd glee.
Gentle and appealing performances can't rescue this facile and cloying comedy.
[Its] sheer good-naturedness pulls off a not particularly inspired crusty-old-coot-thawed-by-young-scamp concept, maintaining an agreeable tonal balance despite occasional wobbles between spoof, sentimentality and silliness.
Strictly for those who love pie-eyed problem pics with scenic wanderlust.
There's brilliant chemistry between Dennison and Neil, the pair quite obviously bouncing off each other; a joy to watch on screen, and as the story progresses you begin to feel like a member of their special pack, gleefully part of the adventure.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople has been a huge audience favourite at festivals this year and you can see why, with its brand of dark New Zealand humour, coupled with a boy's own adventure story that goes not merely off the rails, but off-road and off-grid.
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Hip, self-aware, and self-effacing, here is the "orphan kid finds a home" Disney wishes she could make. Heat up the popcorn time!
Hard to put into words how much I loved this film, but if I could do it well there would be a variant of "magic" among them. Like Waititi's "Boy" before it, this is a movie that carries the joy and wonder of childhood into the painful realities of the adult world. Brilliant and unconventional coming-of-age story; realistic but whimsical, too. Highly recommend!
With an excellent direction by Taika Waititi (who always finds ways to surprise me) and great performances by Sam Neill and Julian Dennison, this is a funny and refreshing sweet road movie (or in this case "bush movie") that makes us laugh out loud with its offbeat humor.
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