Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Hunt for the Wilderpeople ★★★

Its best moments called to mind a less formally rigorous Moonrise Kingdom and Waititi maintains a tone that's an impressive balance of silly and emotionally resonant, but it ended up bring just a bit too slight for my taste. That being said, I hope to see much much more from Waititi. He's got a distinctive sense of humor that's both absurd and sincere and he seems to have a great stable of homegrown talent that I'd be happy to see more of. (If you've seen it, "selfie guy" was one of the film's surprise delights along with the always reliable comedy savant Rhys "Psycho Sam" Darby.)