Thursday, June 23, 2016

“Hunt for the Wilderpeople” Is the Funniest Manhunt Movie Ever

By Jose Alberto Hermosillo, 



“Hunt for the Wilderpeople” is one of the funniest movies of the summer! It's a wild adventure, run to see it!!! 

Taika Waititi ("Eagle vs Shark," "Boy," "What We Do in the Shadows"), New Zealand
From the producers and the accomplished director Taika Waititi (“What we do in the Shadows,” “Boy,” “Eagle vs Shark,” and the upcoming Marvel Superhero adventure: “Thor: Ragnarok”) comes the smashing New Zealand hit “Hunt for the Wilderpeople.”


The incredible adventure starts with a gorgeous landscape that it looks out of “The Hobbit”, where we meet Ricky (Julian Dennison), a troubled teen raised in a foster home.

Ricky is a menace to society is what the authorities said. The film vividly shows, in a flashback, his criminal record: cursing, graffiti, and spitting among other felonies. 

The vehement social worker takes those big offenses seriously. She will be vigilante until the end.


Ricky is getting a new chance in life, to live in a very modes farm with Aunt Bella (Rima Te Wiata) and the crabby Uncle Hec played, by Sam Neill. They don't have children and neither any modern devices to entertain the young punk who likes the hip-hop.
They welcome Ricky with a birthday cake and a dog he named Tupac.


Ricky does not want to be there, but he has no place to go. 

Something happens when he gets used his new lifestyle that freaks him out and runs away. 
After a few days alone in the wild, uncle Hec joins him. 

The adventure turns amusing as they share the road. When the manhunt goes viral, they become the famous outlaws.


“Hunting for the Wilderpeople” has some underlying questions hard to see in a Hollywood movie: What an ethnic child is doing with an older white male alone in the woods? Who are wilder, the runaways or the hunters?

Who is putting Ricky down, the people or the whole system? 

Ricky's self-esteem never goes down, because Ricky is a warrior and never gives up.
Julian Dennison, photo by Jose A Hermosillo, Copyright Festival in LA 2016

Ricky is played by a very young and talented Julian Dennison (“Chronesthesia,” “Paper Planes,” and “Shopping”).

Julian is hilarious, his confidence and charisma go beyond expectations.


Contemplating the breathtaking landscape, Uncle Hec tells to his little companion: “This place is “majestical,”” the kid responds: ““Majestical” is not a word, “majestic” is the right word.”

“Hunt for the Wilderpeople” in every chapter has a new adventure, with clever references to “Rambo,” “The Terminator,” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. The car chase is as spectacular as in any of the “Mad Max” movies.

The film, remarkably, shows children in ordinary situations becoming extraordinary – as in the 2004 British film “Millions” by the Oscar winning director Danny Boyle, or in another beautiful film from New Zealand “Whale Rider,” 2004. Also, it has similar humor as in the 2013 Mexican hit “Instructions Not Included” by Eugenio Derbez.

“Hunt for the Wilderpeople” perfectly manages to dwell universal values such as acceptance, tolerance, respect and above all... love one another.


Copyright © Festival in LA, 2016

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