Before he dives deep into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Thor: Ragnarok, director Taika Waititi is back at SIFF with the off-kilter, hilarious, and heartwarming Hunt for the Wilderpeople.
Showing off his visual chops like never before—he shoots the New Zealand landscape with affection and the sweeping landscapes add an impressive scope and scale—Waititi tells the story of a troubled foster kid (Julian Dennison), on his last chance, and his grizzled foster uncle (Sam Neill), who kick off a massive manhunt when they, each with nowhere else to go, head in to the bush.
The two leads have a fantastic chemistry, both comedic and emotional, and Wilderpeople deftly mixes action, comedy, and drama. We’re watching the initial upswing of a very special filmmaker. [Grade: B+/A-]