Thursday, June 23, 2016

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

By Jose Alberto Hermosillo

“Hunt for the Wilderpeople” is the funniest manhunt movie of the summer! A wild adventure. Run to see it!!! 

Taika Waititi ("Eagle vs. Shark," "Boy," "What We Do in the Shadows"), New Zealand
From 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's hit “Hunt for the Wilderpeople.”

The incredible adventure starts with a gorgeous landscaping scene that it looks out of “The Hobbit,” where the story begins.

Classified by the authorities as a menace to society, Ricky (Julian Dennison) is sent to a foster home in a farm. 

The film vividly shows, in a flashback, his criminal record: cursing, graffiti, and spitting among other felonies. 

The vehement social worker takes those offenses seriously. She will be an obsessive vigilante from beginning to end.
Ricky gets 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 any children, neither any modern devices to entertain this young punk who likes hip-hop.
In a marvelously set up scene, they welcome Ricky with a birthday cake and a precious gift, a dog he named Tupac.

Ricky doesn't want to be in there, but he has no place to go. 

When he gets used the new lifestyle, something happens that freaks him out propelling him to run away. 
After a few days alone in the wild, uncle Hec joins him. 

As they share the road, the adventure turns amusing, and the manhunt goes viral. 

The odd couple becomes the famous outlaw and the most wanted.
“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 always pushing Ricky to the side, 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 wonderfully played by a very young and talented Julian Dennison (“Chronesthesia,” “Paper Planes,” and “Shopping”). He is hilarious, his confidence and charisma go beyond expectations.

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


In every chapter, “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” has a new wonderful adventure, with clever references to “Rambo,” “The Terminator,” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. 

There is a spectacular car chase comparable to 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” correctly 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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