Wilderblog

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.

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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.