Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hunt for the Wilderpeople ★★★½

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Added to: 2016 Ranked

Taika Waititi's Hunt for the Wilderpeople is massively flawed, yet in the best kind of way. He takes all the good things we've come to miss in children's films that were basically standards back in the 80's and 90's and gives them a glorious 21st-century revision. With a story as basic as anything, the collision between two generations, we get enough of a setup to get a nice 100 minutes filled with all the good kinds of jokes. With the younger generation portrayed by relative newcomer Julian Dennison and the older generation portrayed by Sam "have I been living under a rock" Neill, you're just guaranteed to have a good time. Nonetheless, it never becomes anything special and stays safely where it belongs. It tries to up the ante on weirdness here and there with streams of unpredictable yet strangely hilarious sequences that don't always go anywhere but definitely serve you a good chuckle.

It's equally touching and bizarre in the right places and that's just what a dead-done genre like the children's adventure flick needed.
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