Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hunt for the Wilderpeople ★★★★

Taika Waititi (fresh off of "What We Do In The Shadows") is back at it again with the story of a young man and his foster father who disappear into the bush and prompt a massive police hunt for them. The movie is just the right parts absurd, hilarious, heartfelt and action that it really came off as a well balanced film. Sam Neill(in one of his best roles since 1993's Jurassic Park) and Julian Dennison have such great chemistry with each other and they each bring a dynamic to the story that helps compliment their journey very well. The dialogue is clever while also being very absurd with a decent amount of fun film references thrown in that fits very well with the tone of the film. The events of the film never really move away from what the film is trying to accomplish and all the supporting cast(along with Waititi himself and his mate Rhys Darby who are just hilarious here) are just the right blend of antagonists, support or inspiration for the characters and the story to keep the film grounded when it feels it may come off the rails.
Overall, it feels like a great continuation to Waititi's filmography, a fun film in a summer that's been filled with mediocre blockbusters and just an all around fun film that has a lot of heart to go around. Can't wait to see what he does with Thor:Ragnarok in 2017.

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