Saturday, August 6, 2016

HUNT FOR THE WILDER PEOPLE (directed by Taika Waititi)

New Zealand’s Box-Office Hit Gets Guffaws, Gulps and Gratitude*****

                                                   Directed by Taika Waititi

 Ok! This is a positively out-of-the-box plot that deserves New Zealand’s all-time hit ranking. Enter Ricky baker. He’s fat, funny and a rebel with a cause. After all, he been through the foster system and “Juvie” is a place he knows too well. He’s placed with a farming couple. Bella, the mom is a warm, loving mom who puts up with Ricky running away to sleep outside nearby. She even eggs him on, and the psychology works. The problem is, Bella’s cranky hubby, Hec wants nothing to do with the kid, but all that changes when Bella suddenly dies. Ricky now has good motive to run away, but the authorities are on the hunt for him – and eventually Hec who decides to look for Ricky. He finds them, and they hole up in the wilds, trying to keep abreast of the cop duo. Hec and Ricky soon bond, but Ricky nicks their closeness when Hec gives him up (one of the funniest scenes in the film). Julian Dennison, as Ricky and Sam Neil are a winning combo in their lead roles. Even the cop pair is hilarious in their personality contrasts. 

The lines of laughter never end.

 Delightful, moving and superbly acted, it picked up a slew of Official Selections: Sundance, Tribeca Film and Calgary Underground Film Festival.

                  It was screened at Montreal's Fantasia Festival in 2016.

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