Taika Waititi is putting New Zealand on the map!...Again!
Hunt for the Wilderpeople is the newest film by Taika Waititi that we all know and love for gifting the world with the hilarious What We Do In The Shadows, where he contributed both behind the camera as the co-director, in front of the camera as vampire Viago and he also co-wrote it of course. Hunt for the Wilderpeople was adapted by Waititi for the big screen from the book Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump, but put a funnier spin to it that what the paper version originally was, he also directed it and has a small
Hunt for the Wilderpeople is the story of Ricky Baker, a very bad egg that got in trouble for hideous crimes such as vandalizing, spitting, kicking stuff & graffiti and he’s been assigned to a foster family that lives in the bush in New Zealand. New mum Auntie Bella is a bit of a crazy bitch but she is also a very warm and welcoming mother figure while new dad Uncle Hec is just a grumpy old fart. Ricky starts off hating it there since there’s not much gangsta shit going on, but after a short while he gets accustomed to the laid back life… Sadly when in a movie things starts to be too cosy you know something is about to go down… and it does. After a series of unfortunate events Ricky and uncle Hec end up running away from the other equally comical duo Paula the over zealous social worker and Officer Andy, and near enough the whole NZ army and the Kiwi's version of the FBI.
- The cast is majestical. Sam Neill as Uncle Hec is perfect as the macho man that doesn’t want anything to do with his foster kid, Julian Dennison as Ricky Baker the very sweet but also tough life loving young boy, Rima Te Wiata as Auntie Bella is great (she is also in another Kiwi comedy/ horror from 2014 Housebound that I highly recommend) and I also adored the totally insane Rachel House as Paula the Social Worker and dummy police man sidekick Oscar Kightley.
- It’s F-U-N-N-Y, and I mean really hilarious, you will find yourself laughing out loud in plenty of occasions and from every directions, I mean all the actors are entertaining in their own way, and none of them are dull or corny.
- It’s uplifting: I'm a sucker for a story about a cranky old man bonding with his troubled adopted kid.
- It’s original!!! And that is so fucking refreshing these days!
- It’s beautiful to look at: is visually breath-taking, not surprising most of it was shot on site in the NZ bush.
- The soundtrack is odd but for some reason it works. It goes from some Omen sounding tune in the beginning to a birthday song improvised on the spot (because they didn’t have the right to use the other one, you know, THE Happy Birthday song) almost all done by Moniker.
Written by Magali Fazio