Bella and Hector, two reclusive country folk, become foster parents to Ricky, a problem child from the city. After some adjustment, things go reasonably well. However, the death of Bella means Hector now has to look after Ricky, and they didn’t get along too well. Moreover, her death causes Child Services to decide to send Ricky back to the orphanage. Ricky refuses to go back and runs away, ultimately sparking a national manhunt for him and Hector.
User Reviews: Taika Waititi is starting to make some real waves in the film making industry. It’s as simple as this – every film he makes, people like. In fact, people like them so much he’s been trusted with the directorial duties in the next ‘Thor’ film ‘Thor: Ragnarok’. That’s big and shows people trust him with making their film. That decision was made prior to the release of ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ but I can confirm that this film will do his reputation no harm. In fact it’s going to do it a lot of good. It’s a very fine film and in my opinion his best yet.
I thoroughly enjoyed ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ but my one qualm with it was I felt it lacked a story to drive the humour. The man learns from his errors fast though and there is no such problem here. The story, while simple, is a driving force and makes sure things never get mundane or boring. Also helping this is a terrific cast of actors. Julian Dennison in the lead role blew me away and showed comedic timing far beyond his years. Sam Neill was as fantastic as ever and every cameo throughout is terrific and hilarious in its own way.
The film not only manages to make us laugh though, it also has a heart. There are some very sad and moving elements to the film which are handled exquisitely by Waititi. He makes us think and sobers us occasionally but never takes us away from the fun time we’re having with the story. There’s a lot more to the film than I expected going in. It has layers and works on a lot of levels. I can’t say enough good things about this film. An absolute pleasure to sit through.