hunt for the wilderpeople movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This New Zealand comedy-drama featuring a manhunt and the wilderness is absolutely astounding. Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a great film for older kids/young teens and stars Sam Neill and Julian Dennison.


After his foster mother suddenly dies, rebellious Ricky Baker runs away to the wild when his grumpy foster uncle Hector joins him and gets to know him better on their way out of the wild. Back in society, a national manhunt is ordered by a determined social worker to search for the pair.

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Movie details

Director: Taika Waititi
Cast: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rachel House, Rhys Darby, Rima Te Wiata, Tioreore Ngatai-Melbourne, Taika Waititi
Writer: Taika Waititi
Release Date (Australia): 26 May 2016
Runtime: 101 minutes/1h 41m
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: New Zealand 
Language: English


Themes (PG)

Thematic content includes a manhunt, death, grief, references to pedophilia and sexual molestation of a child. There are two scenes in which pigs are attacked and killed.

Violence (PG)

A man is shot in the buttock.

Coarse Language (PG)

The film contains use of the words “s**t”, “hell”, “bloody”, “bastard”, “d**k” and “wanker”.

Drug Use (G)

The film contains very mild verbal drug references.

mpaa rating

PG-13 (for thematic elements including violent content, and for some language)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a supremely sensational survival/manhunt through the beautiful bush areas, with an astounding cast and surprising storytelling. Taika Waititi’s New Zealand comedy-drama journey makes one of the best films of 2016. Apart from the extremely intriguing concept originally written by Barry Crump, this film is beautifully shot, entertaining, funny and the pacy movement of the plot is more than fantastic.

The film opens up with an amazing view of endless bushland with perfect music in the background consisting of “Makutekahu”. The cinematography continues to depict the big green areas and also contains several moments to play interesting soundtracks and tone-matching songs you’ll search the internet for afterwards. The entire thing is completely entertaining and there’s no defects in either of the chapters.

The reason standing out in plain sight that beats most of 2016’s movies is the story, characters and how thoroughly it’s told in an outstanding runtime. The author of the original book deserves most of the acclaim, but talented performers Sam Neill, Julian Dennison and Rachel House are immense when merged together, one a grumpy old man, one a quirky social worker, and “bad egg” foster child Ricky Baker.

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