Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hunt for the Wilderpeople ★★★★½

2016 Films Ranked

Taika Waititi can do no wrong. What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople are among the best comedies that I've seen, and the fact that he's managed to get me excited for a Thor movie especially when the last two were dreadful says a lot about the quality of his work. Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a rare gem that is delightfully funny from start to finish, and manages to feel fresh and exciting throughout.

The film itself feels like an odd combination of Up and Mad Max: Fury Road, and works unexpectedly really well. It's pure fun with plenty of jokes that caused plenty of laughter from my family who were watching it with me (themselves for the first time, mine for the second), as the teenager Ricky Baker finds himself unwittingly on the run with his foster uncle Hec Faulkner (Sam Neill) after a series of misunderstandings that trigger a nationwide manhunt for both of them. The result is hilarity in a movie that only gets better on a rewatch, and further re-establishes itself as one of the best films of 2016 and further confirms just how great 2016 was for Cinema, with plenty of excellent releases that we've had this year if you look beyond the largely disappointing blockbusters.

The cast is excellent as well and both Julian Dennison and Sam Neill really play off each other to great effect, delivering some of the jokes incredibly well. It's truly an excellent film that should be seen if you get the chance, and it's currently available on at least Netflix UK so comes highly recommended and as a result it's probably my favourite comedy release of the year.

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