DVD Review: Hunt for the Wilderpeople
By John Corrado
Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison) is a foster kid who has just been placed with Bella (Rima Te Wiata) and Hector (Sam Neill), an older couple who live on a rural property in New Zealand. But when tragic circumstances lead Ricky to run away, Hector goes after him, and the two start to tentatively bond and forge a new life in the woods, as a deranged child services officer (Rachel House) starts a national search to find the two runaways.
Carried by an engaging and likeable performance from bright newcomer Julian Dennison, who shares some great chemistry with screen veteran Sam Neill, Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a quirky and delightfully offbeat dramedy that also offers a poignant and surprisingly touching story. It’s a small gem, and my full starred review can be found right here.
The DVD also includes a commentary track with director Taika Waititi and Julian Dennison, as well as an amusing blooper reel and a brief “making of” featurette.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a Sony Pictures Classics release. It’s 101 minutes and rated PG.