Writer/Director Taika Waititi’s Hunt For the Wilderpeople is one of those cinematic treasures that come along, occasionally, and restores one’s faith in life and independent film, as well.
This is a “last chance” for the ornery Ricky, who will be sent to juvenile lockup, if this situation doesn’t work out.
Bella’s kindness wins Ricky over, but, when her untimely death puts Ricky in jeopardy of being cast into lockup, the young boy treks into the bush country to escape. Hector follows after, but a series of mishaps make the officials suspect the boy may been kidnapped, a chase ensues that develops into a media circus.
I give Hunt For the Wilderpeople a 4.7 out of 5.