Majestical: A Hunt For The Wilderpeople review.


Directed by: Taika Waititi.

Starring: Sam Neil, Julian Dennison, Rhys Darby, Taika Waititi.

After the resounding success of director Taika Waititi’s 2014 film What We Do In The Shadows, I personally couldn’t wait to see this film. I got around to it, a little later than I’d have liked, I am so glad I did.

Ricky, a problem child is re-homed with foster parents on a farm in the New Zealand outback, when circumstances change suddenly and Ricky becomes aware he’ll be rehomed, he fakes his own death and heads into the outback with his foster father in pursuit to be soon reunited and aware that they are subject to a manhunt.

Held together by Waititi’s trademark humour, this adaption of the novel ‘Wild Pork & Watercress’ is an utter delight from start to finish. The onscreen chemistry between Sam Neil and Julian Dennison is wonderful. Funny, touching and completely believable, it’s is very clear to see why this film and its actors have garnered so much praise. Reuniting from What We Do In The Shadows, there is a great little cameo from Rhys Darby as slightly unhinged bushman, Psycho Sam that is amongst this film’s many comedic highlights.

A mismatched buddy movie with real heart and genuine warmth, a ‘Majestical’ locale that lights up the screen and a grin you will not be able to wipe off your face long after the credits have rolled, if I had seen this film earlier it would have made its way on my films of the year for 2016. I’m just glad that I got to eventually see it because there have been fewer more rewarding comedy films I have viewed in a very long time.

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