Movie Review: Hunt for the Wilderpeople

‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ is a big-hearted, offbeat New Zealand drama-comedy that is currently playing local cinemas.

Written and Directed by Taika Waititi (‘What we do in the Shadows’, ‘Boy’), this movie is well-written, brilliantly acted and beautifully shot with plenty of sweeping landscape vistas.


if you’ve seen Waititi’s previous work, this movie follows in that same humour – witty, sweet and sometimes sad.


Sam Neill plays crusty old Hector, the unwilling uncle to 13 year-old ‘bad egg’ Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison).

And as they make their way through the New Zealand bush on a wild manhunt, they form a classic odd couple.


These two have great screen chemistry together as two fish out of water in society.


There’s also some notable ensemble performances in the movie played by Rachel House (Paula), Rhys Darby (‘Murray’ from ‘Flight of the Concords’), Rima Te Wiata (Aunt Bella) and talented NZ musician, Troy Kingi (T.K.).



Rachel House plays the relentless case worker who is determined to find Ricky and return him to ‘the system’.


Rhys Darby plays the conspiracist hermit, Psycho Sam who gives the ‘men on the run’ food and shelter for the night.


This movie has had great reviews and is currently rating at 92% on Rotten Tomatoes. Light and sweet, with depth: it’s one of the best films I’ve seen all year, do yourself a favour and go see it.


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