BAILEY THE LIBTARDTARIAN 💋’s review published on Letterboxd:
Talk about Majestical.
Taika Waititi's follow-up to the small NZ indie gem "Boy" and 2015's downright hilarious "What We Do In The Shadows" is another charming entry that will no doubt make people wonder: "They got this guy to do Thor 3?! Not hatin' on the choice, but the fuck?!"
Hunt for the Wilderpeople plays like a Kiwi Wes Anderson met a brighter colour pallet version of Spike Jonez's "Where The Wild Things Are" as the infamous child delinquent Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison) is sent to a new foster home in the New Zealand bush, as events lead him and his foster uncle Hector (Sam "The Man" Neill) to become the subjects of a wide spread police man hunt. It plays like a familiar storybook, bonding tale, but Waititi and his actors manage to keep it all witty and grounded, supported by the occasionally *gorgeous* cinematography and (relatively) family friendly positivity and humor. It's a tight little package and works well enough to keep you smiling.
It stumbles on pace, maybe because I went in mostly cold not knowing what to expect or knew some of the jokes prior, but it left a lovely impression regardless. I want more Sam Neill movies and so should you. The guy is an absolute legend and once again delivers.
It's a cute, little gem worth your time and earns the ranking of "Majestical". Absolutely gangster, bro. Check it.