HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE

HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE REVIEWED

“Hunt for the Wilderpeople” is another strong outing from Taika Waititi. While it’s an amazing comedy, the film also works as a spoof of child welfare laws and militarized states. After a local ruffian is dumped on an adoptive aunt and uncle figure, he wants to break away. But, there’s a certain beauty and peace to the frontier. When things go sour, the state tries to remove the kid from his new home. Thankfully, his new Uncle fights back and helps the kid to hide/live off the land.

As the film amps up, we see almost every law enforcement officer in New Zealand get called in to help capture this duo. Sam Neill hasn’t offered up a turn this strong in 20 years. The rest of the cast is stunning, but I buy this late acting turn by Neill. While this plays as a foreign comedy, so much of the movie feels like a call back to the Young Adult Cinema fare that populated theaters in the 1980s. I can only hope that more audiences check out this film rather than letting it die under the upcoming Halloween onslaught. This film is great.

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Commentary
  • Featurette
  • Blooper Reel

A/V STATS

  • 2.35:1 standard definition transfer
  • Dolby 5.1

RELEASE DATE: 9/27/16

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