Taika Waititi is putting New Zealand on the map!...Again!
Hunt for the Wilderpeople is the newest film by Taika Waititi that we all know and love for gifting the world with the hilarious What We Do In The Shadows, where he contributed both behind the camera as the co-director, in front of the camera as vampire Viago and he also co-wrote it of course. Hunt for the Wilderpeople was adapted by Waititi for the big screen from the book Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump, but put a funnier spin to it that what the paper version originally was, he also directed it and has a small cameo in it as a Minister (that based the sermon he's preaching on a real life event he witnessed).
Hunt for the Wilderpeople is the story of Ricky Baker, a very bad egg that got in trouble for hideous crimes such as vandalizing, spitting, kicking stuff & graffiti and he’s been assigned to a foster family that lives in the bush in New Zealand. New mum Auntie Bella is a bit of a crazy bitch but she is also a very warm and welcoming mother figure while new dad Uncle Hec is just a grumpy old fart.
Ricky starts off hating it there since there’s not much gangsta shit going on, but after a short while he gets accustomed to the laid back life… Sadly when in a movie things starts to be too cosy you know something is about to go down… and it does. After a series of unfortunate events Ricky and uncle Hec end up running away from the other equally comical duo: Paula the over zealous social worker and Officer Andy, and near enough the whole NZ army and the Kiwi's version of the FBI.
I love this film for so many reasons, here’s a few:
Hunt for the Wilderpeople had its UK release on the 16th Sep 2016 but it’s been collecting praises all over the globe since its screening at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and it has a ever growing fan base worldwide, slowly but surely and has already won the title of highest-grossing NZ film of all times.
Get in Taika Waititi, keep up the good work and I can't wait to check out the new TV series/ spinoff of What We Do In The Shadows coming out next year, and most importantly don’t forget to #StayMaori!