Hunt For the Wilderpeople
Film Review – Dan Paine, Matakana Cinemas Taika Waititi is currently the hottest film-maker in New Zealand and his latest Hunt For the Wilderpeople continues the winning streak. In the follow-up to his unique and hilarious vampire mockumentary What We Do In the Shadows, the director of the phenomenally successful Boy uses the Barry Crump book Wild Pork & Watercress as his source material for a heartfelt and witty adventure-comedy set predominantly in the native bush of Aotearoa. Starring Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House, Rhys Darby and Oscar Kightley, the film expertly balances looney comedic sequences and the more weighty emotional scenes so well you may find yourself laughing and crying during the same scene! Unlike some of Taika’s earlier work, Hunt For the Wilderpeople really does work as a family film and to me has a throwback feel in the mould of The Goonies. Taika does it again, a future Kiwi classic!