Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Taika Waititi, 2016)

What's it about? A juvenile delinquent (Julian Dennison) and his reluctant foster father (Sam Neill) form an unlikely bond after they become the subjects of a manhunt in the New Zealand outback.



Is it any good? *counts syllables on fingers as he goes*

A sweet little film /
It brought a smile to my face /
I had a good time

(That review will make a lot more sense if you've seen the film)

I don't trust you. What do others think? It's the little feel-good film that could of 2016. From humble, low-budget beginnings, strong word of mouth has made it the most successful New Zealand film of all time, with audiences and critics alike falling for its quirky qualities and gentle charm. There has been much acclaim for the appealing performances of Dennison and Neill as the mismatched buddies, but writer-director Waititi has also come in for praise, with high hopes that he can now infuse the upcoming big-budget Thor:Ragnorak with similar heart and lightness of touch. And not content with writing and directing, he also turns in a very funny cameo as a church minister.

Anything else I should know? I was all set to review this as a kind of gently comic First Blood remake, only with an old man and a fat kid going all commando in the woods, instead of a muscled-up Rambo. Only for the the film itself to make that very joke about halfway through! Which means I'm as smart and as funny as Taika Waititi. So why isn't anyone paying me millions to make a Marvel film? Anyway, I had to resort to a haiku instead. 

What does the Fonz think? All good, bro!

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