Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)


hunt_for_the_wilderpeople“[reading wanted poster] “Faulkner is cauc-asian” – well, they got that wrong because you’re obviously white. ” – Ricky

Number of Times Seen – 1 (23 Jan 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A rebellious orphan is placed with a foster family living in the wilds of New Zealand where they try to steer him in the right direction in order to prepare him for life.

My Take on it – When this film came out a few months back and I heard how great it was, I still wasn’t really interested in seeing it.

Having seen it on numerous 216 Top ten lists, I figured it was about time to try and see what everyone was talking about.

Unfortunately, its premise is just a bit too quirky for me and isn’t the kind of film that I can usually take a strong liking to.

Sam Neill and Julian Dennison have a very interesting amount of chemistry together eventhough it seems from the start that they won’t be able to get along so well.

All in all, this is a fun adventure film that even has a nice message to it.

The fact that they manage to balance the comedic and serious scenes helps make it even more enjoyable.

Can’t say it’s not a unique kind of film tho…

Bottom Line – A bit too quirky for my taste. Neill and Dennison have an interesting chemistry which surprisingly works.  Fun adventure film that is both serious and comedic at the same time. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In the birthday scene, the cast and crew filmed ten takes singing the normal “Happy Birthday” song before finding out they didn’t have the rights to use it. So the song “Ricky Baker, It’s your Birthday” was created on the spot by the actors (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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