'Hunt for the Wilderpeople' - Movie Review

A film out of New Zealand about 13 year old juvenile delinquent Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison) and his very reluctant adopted uncle Hector (Sam Neill) going on a long trip into the bush together. I'm not much of a fan of director Taika Waititi's sense of humour - and the low point of the movie was his five minute appearance as a confused and confusing (and most importantly, unfunny) minister early in the film. But I suspect that most of the humour in this film is derived from the source material, the book Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump. What makes the movie work is the surprising chemistry between the 65 year old Hector and Ricky: Hector was himself a juvenile delinquent, and he hasn't totally outgrown it ... even if it's mostly morphed into him being a grumpy old codger. Of course they don't immediately connect, and their journey to understanding each other is a bumpy (but funny) one. Charming and very entertaining, I highly recommend it.