I've really wanted to see this film since I first heard about it because it looked extremely funny and I liked Taika Waititi's other film, "What We Do in the Shadows". I was able to volunteer for two showings of the film at the local indie theater, and I was not disappointed.
I thought that the film was really well-written, for the most part. The characters are extremely well-developed and likable, allowing the amazing cast to perform their all. Julian Dennison is a very funny, very believable child actor. Sam Neill was as great as always, with good sarcastic humor throughout. The fun had a very good balance of hilarious and emotionally-driven moments, but I found that the audience didn't find some parts to be as funny as I did. My biggest critique of the film is that it gets a little far-fetched in parts. There are skips from the first day to weeks in to months in, with the audience expected to believe that everything went okay during that time. Also, there are some over-the-top moments, like when the military (including tanks) is sent on a manhunt.
The cinematography and score of the film are also great. The cinematography has a lot of good moments showcasing the New Zealand landscape. The film also did some really cool things with montages in which it showed a constant pan with the different parties completing their different actions.
So overall, "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" is a fun, well-done film. It is a bit over-the-top at times, but it doesn't hinder the enjoyment of the film. I even enjoyed it the second time that I watched it.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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