Friday 3 March
HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE
New Zealand’s great outdoors; the setting for many fantastic films – most prominently The Lord of the Rings trilogy – and now Hunt for the Wilderpeople, an adaptation of Barry Crump’s Wild Pork and Watercres. Instead of snowy mountain tops and huge chasms, though, Taika Waititi’s latest directorial effort locks itself within sprawling forests, greenery permeating every crevasse.
For young city slicker/wannabe gangster Ricky Baker, played by the fantastic Julian Dennison, it’s a difficult adjustment to make. (What kid in this day-and-age wants to be stuck in the countryside without a games console?) With welfare services having left him in the countryside with a new set of foster parents – Sam Neill’s Uncle Hec and Rima Te Wiata’s Aunt Bella – there’s only one way out, and that’s to run away.
Quickly, Aunt Bella’s charm wins Ricky over, Uncle Hec remaining less impressed, wanting him gone. However, as fate has it, the two are bound together, eventually ending up on a whirlwind adventure, running away from tyrannical welfare services as a terrible twosome, known to bounty hunters as the Wilderpeople (a self-prescribed name, of course).
Uncle Hec and Ricky’s journey together is hysterical, the laughs coming often, the two central characters’ relationship becoming the ginormous and heartwarming soul of the film. There’s brilliant chemistry between Dennison and Neil, the pair quite obviously bouncing off each other; a joy to watch on screen, and as the story progresses you begin to feel like a member of their special pack, gleefully part of the adventure.
What the Critics say…
“A bit Up, a bit Moonrise Kingdom, a bit Midnight Run, even… Taika Waititi’s latest is an oddball treat of a mismatched-buddy pursuit movie.” Empire
TRIAL & ERROR
A film about a lost shirt button, perfectionist aunts, busy cats, startled parrots — and a long-lost friend.
A tale about a man who loves and adores his beard in perfect harmony, until suddenly he meets a woman. The Beard becomes jealous and sets out to prevent things getting any closer.