Hunt For The Wilderpeople is a wry New Zealand adventure based on the novel Wild Pork and Watercress by best-selling New Zealand author Barry Crump. Hunt For The Wilderpeople tells the story of an overweight Maori boy called Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison) who has been shunted from foster home to foster home before finally arriving on the farm of Bella Faulkner (Rema Ti Wiata).
Ricky is destined for juvenile detention if he can’t make this last placement work, but this would-be ‘gangsta’ can’t think of anything else but escape. However Bella and her husband Hector (Sam Neill) are also ‘people without people’ and they set about creating a family where Ricky can really belong. When a tragic event snatches Bella away, and social services threatens to move Ricky on, he and the curmudgeon Hector are forced to discover how strong their new ties will be.
RATED: PG for mild themes and coarse language
AUDIENCE: My fourteen year old boy laughed so loud I was almost embarrassed … until I started laughing myself. Great film for mum, dad and early-high-school-and-under kids to enjoy
WHAT’S GOOD: Writer / director Taika Waititi has done a brilliant job crafting a story that will draw guffaws from kids and parents alike. When Ricky and Hector head bush the chase that follows is laugh-out-loud funny.
WHAT’S NOT: Be careful of the language. There are some swear words dropped that are fairly typical in Australian / New Zealand comedies.
SPIRITUALLY SPEAKING: It’s a pity the only Christian character is a bit of a clueless one, because the very essence of family the film offers up is one that’s been at the heart of God’s community for two thousand years. The basis for their family rests on a shared love for Bella and an acceptance of each other that transcends society’s standards of success. Like the apostle Paul’s description of the early church, their weaknesses actually make room for something much, much stronger
RELEASE DATE: May 26