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Hunt for the Wilderpeople

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7.81 h 41 min2016X-Ray12
A defiant young city kid finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle.
Directors
Taika Waititi
Starring
Sam NeillJulian DennisonRima Te Wiata
Genres
InternationalComedyActionAdventure
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English [CC]
Audio Languages
English
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Supporting actors
Rachel House
Producers
Taika WaititiCarthew NealMatt Noonan
Studio
Vertigo Releasing Limited
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4.7 out of 5 stars

3982 global ratings

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  2. 13% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 4% of reviews have 3 stars
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paretskiReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 May 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Beautiful film
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This is a hilarious, nutty, heart-rending, beautiful film which I think should appeal to all ages (from 12 up). Visually captures the beauty of the New Zealand wilds as we watch two of life's rejects unwittingly embark on a fantastic adventure together. The cast are great, Rima De Wiata and Rachel House in particular. Sam Neill is superb, but equally matched by his young co-star's (Julian Dennison) performance as the 13 year old foster child, both of them having lost their only saviour in life. You'll be rooting for these two with all your heart, throughout the film. Definitely worth a watch if you're in the mood for a feel good fun, laugh-out-loud funny, deeply moving and bonkers movie.
30 people found this helpful
Call me AlReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 June 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Take a walk on the wilder side
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Director Taika Waititi’s offbeat outback adventure movie successfully achieves the difficult balance of combining drama and farce, pathos and comedy in his quirky 2016 film set in New Zealand. This is due mainly to the brilliantly fractious odd-couple performance of its two lead actors. Julian Dennison is a revelation as Ricky Baker, a teenage delinquent raised on hip-hop and rejection (but well versed in haiku and therapy) dumped by child welfare services at a remote farm, while Sam Neil is at his dour lugubrious best as his cantankerous foster uncle. When circumstances conspire to thrust both protagonists to depend on each other they unexpectedly find themselves on the run from the authorities, and despite the overall kooky tone of the movie there are some important observations made about respect, acceptance and loyalty but thankfully not in an overtly sentimental manner. The screenplay is peppered with sharp dialogue and movie references which, combined with stunning cinematography and a delightful musical score, makes this a marvelously entertaining movie to be watched more than once.
17 people found this helpful
andyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 April 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Enjoyable enough
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For me this film was hindered somewhat by keeping the dialogue inoffensively within the constraints of a “12” rated film (if that was the director's intention), and whilst it is not a “children's/family” film per se it is not a film with realistic and (potentially) offensive language – it is in a neither one nor the other sort of situation. The film centres around “Ricky”. Where he has come from and what he has been through are not realistically portrayed in the film (those constraints again), but this is a drama comedy and so one has to accept perhaps a little poetic license.

Having said that, it is the naive innocence of “Ricky” played by Julian Dennison who is in the care of “Hec” played by Sam Neill that leads to some of the comedy in the film.

There is though, a lot going for this film, it has a great cast lead by Sam Neill, the acting from all the cast is good, great use of the New Zealand Bush as the backdrop for the film with some great cinematography in what can't have been the easiest situations to photograph, it has a good if somewhat unrealistic story, there are some very funny moments and there is some good music. There's also a number of cinematic references made within the film.

I found “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” to be an enjoyable enough film but it is not one that I would go out of my way to watch again too quickly.

It is perhaps worth mentioning that some might find certain scenes upsetting where animals are hunted. No doubt not a single animal was hurt in the making of the film – but if you are at all upset by such things then maybe you should not watch it.

A light-hearted comedy adventure-drama, and a good feel-good-factor film.

There are plenty of extra features on the DVD which are worth a look at.

On the DVD (ASIN: B01MXLL1JG) you get:

“Hunt for the Wilderpeople” (1 hour 37 minutes)
Chapter Selection
Special Features:
Director's Commentary
Featurette (3 minutes)
Bloopers (2 minutes)
Interviews (20 minutes)
Behind the Scenes (30 minutes)
6 people found this helpful
Gab-yell13Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 January 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Watch this---You will thank me and then watch everything else Waititi has ever done & buy a hottie
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From the minute it begins you are drawn in into this story of a boy nobody wants who is sent to live with a distant relative and her cold husband out in the middle of nowhere. The casting is so wonderful, every single character is portrayed so sincerely that it makes you love them no matter what goofballs they are...OMG the selfie scene! But be careful this film is so, so round just when everything seems sweet and fun things change and you cannot believe there are tears standing in your eyes. This director works with children so well. I just saw "JoJo Rabbit", Waititi's latest film, and it is so obvious he has a way to get the very best out of the youngest of actors. This is a surprisingly special film that just gives you the break from this crazy world for that little (too brief) bit of time you watch it. XXXXX to everyone involved in making this film!!!!
4 people found this helpful
Russ SReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 April 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful, funny and heart-warming.
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Have watched this film several times and absolutely love it.
Aside from the breath-taking New Zealand scenery and brilliant soundtrack this film evokes a slightly 'Roald Dahl-esque' atmosphere, it will appeal to kids and adults alike but as with Roald Dahl's children's stories, does not talk down to kids or pull punches. It has some really poignant moments but is also very funny.
A wonderful cast is headed up brilliantly by young Julian Dennison as Ricky Baker and Sam Neill who plays his gruff, jaded and heart-broken 'Uncle'. The whole cast is excellent but Rachel House's performance as the slightly unhinged, almost 'Arnold Schwarzenegger'-like Social Worker is of special note!
The film also ends with a beautiful song that I had not heard for many years and Taika Waititi can do no wrong for me.

Hang on, why I am writing this review when I could be watching the film again?......
One person found this helpful
reachercoleReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 May 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Humour and escapism with wonderful character's.
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The cast is led by Sam Neill OBE, well known for parts in the Jurassic Park stories but has more in depth histor for creating some memorable roles. Hardly recognisable as grumpy Hec, a hill farmer landed with the loose cannon Ricky Baker. Ricky is given to Hec's wife Aunt Bella (deliciously portrayed by Rima Te Wiata) from child services with a history of being "difficult" to place with foster parents. You'll have see the rest for yourselves as to how the story unfolds, but the dire tin, scenery and other characters mean a fast paced wildly improbable yet truly believable story. So many excellent characters, not least Rachel House as Paula from child services. A menacing portrayal fit for a Bond villain. The whole show is won by Julian Dennison and his portrayal of Ricky. Comic timing is perfection. Go for it.
6 people found this helpful
RikiReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 March 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very wholesome movie
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Me and my family loved it.
The story is great. The acting is great. Characters great. Most of the jokes got a smile or a chuckle out of me too and that's hard to do haha.

Taika Waititi showing us he's a great film maker. Sam Neill showing us he's still got acting chops. Julian Dennison showing us not all kid actors are annoying (haha)

Very wholesome, compelling and enjoyable film. I wanted to see the rest of their life in movie format after it ended. That's how much I was into it.
Oh and we where talking in that New Zealand accent for about a week later too haha I love it
One person found this helpful
delight-in-the-readReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 December 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Post-Distopian Indi-Lostness, slightly misses black-humour mark
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There are some lovely vignettes of comedic thespian-ism in this post-distopian child-welfare version of Thelma and Louise. Sam Neill's "Uncle" Hector and Julian Dennison's "Ricky Baker" are ingeniously played, and these two performances carry an otherwise mis-anchored piece. It's not quite mockumentary, not quite black-humour but rather shines a light on the culture permeating NZ over the past few decades. That is to say that authority of any kind is despised, and the joy of the soul has no resting place, even in the magnificently beautiful landscape of New Zealand.
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