He helped direct one of last year’s funniest films with What We Do in the Shadows and now before Taika Waititi takes on Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, he snuck in another feature. Hunt for the Wilderpeople features an unlikely pair (Sam Neill and newcomer Julian Dennison) as they’re on the run from the government following a misunderstanding. Premiering at Sundance to strong reviews, including our own, the first full trailer hailing from New Zealand, has now landed.
I said in my review, “If one imagines a real-life version of Up with a bit of Thelma & Louise thrown in, they get Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Taika Waititi‘s charming on-the-run adventure comedy. Based on Barry Crump’s book “Wild Pork And Watercress,” the story follows Ricky (Julian Dennison) as a rambunctious foster child on his last straw before juvenile prison. An expert in stealing, graffiti, kicking things, and many more offenses, he’s yet to find a foster family that can put up with him.”
Also starring Rima Te Wiata, Rhys Darby, Rachel House, Oscar Kightley, Tioreore Ngatai-Melbourne, Troy Kingi, Cohen Holloway, Stan Walker, Mike Minogue, Hamish Parkinson, Lloyd Scott and a ute called ‘Crumpy,’ check out the trailer and poster below.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople hits New Zealand cinemas starting March 31st and will likely be released by The Orchard later this year.
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