I don’t go to the movies very often these days but had heard enough about Hunt for the Wilderpeople being worth watching to go and see for it myself.

It is based on a Barry Crump book that I read long ago, Wild Pork and Watercress – that dates back to the days when we called movies ‘the pictures’ before we got Americanised.

I won’t give much away about the movie, except that I think it’s well worth watching, it’s not just probably the best New Zealand movie I’ve seen, it’s one of the best movies I’ve seen.


Anyone that knows Crump’s writing will recognise a lot, but his old wilderness yarns blend seamlessly with contemporary topics.

It’s a very funny modern colaced with nostalgia, and tinged with real sadness at times.

I had wondered how Sam Neil would manage the role of Hec – I had my doubts he could do it – but he was spot on, it was the best I’ve seen him.

And Julian Dennison as the fat kid was a top performance.

Director Taika Waititi is very good at picking and making stars of young unknowns. He also did a masterful job with the screenplay.

I don’t want to give anything away about it, but if you are inclined towards going to see a big screen then I think Hunt for the Wilderpeople is well worth trying.

There’s a trailer and reviews online but I suggest skipping them and just going and watching it.