I spend a lot of time at either the cinema or theatre. You will then find reviews from these films and shows!

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) Review


Ricky has been passed around many different foster families and always manages to do something to get away from them. He eventually finds a place he likes with Bella and Hec even though it doesn’t appear to be a place he would be happy in. When Hec and Ricky go missing in the New Zealand bush a national manhunt is ordered to find them.

I had seen only good praise and buzz surrounding this film, especially when I was reading top 10 film lists of 2016 and this film featured in a lot of people’s lists. Luckily it has come to Netflix UK rather quickly and therefore I have managed to catch up with it. Which I am certainly pleased that I have, I would class this film as a hidden gem as it really is very good. It is a lot better than the plot may first sound and the performances are heartwarming and funny.

Just when Ricky feels that he is settling in a place to live for the first time in his life his new step “Auntie” Bella suddenly dies and that means he must then get taken back into care and cannot stay with Hec is step “uncle” this is when he decides to run away so they cannot take him back into care. It doesn’t exactly go to plan when he struggles in the bush, but this creates a huge adventure with Hec.

The only problem is when the authorities realise they have gone missing they actually blame Hec and start to speculate horrible things that he has done to Ricky. Obviously none of them are actually true, but just to try and capture them both. It really does have so many moments that make you smile and realise that people can save one another when they really need it. Hec trying to grieve for his wife and feeling lost and alone. Ricky who has never had anyone care about him, losing the one person that had shown him love.

It has so much more to it than meets the eye to begin with and I really did find myself enjoying the journey and adventure side to it. Especially the small moments, like someone wanting to take a selfie with Ricky. I will admit that I feared the ending was going to go a very different way to how it looked at times.

Helping to show that when you are truly sad that anything can then happen to change that and give you something to live for, sometimes that might be just cheering someone else up. Giving them the hope that you no longer have, the bond between the pair is quickly formed even if they don’t want to actually admit that to themselves or each other. I guess it gives you hope that when you really need someone that they will be their, even when you least expect it and who it could be.

I really do recommend that you catch up with this film, I am sure you will not be disappointed. It really does have something special about it and it should have a bigger viewing platform now that it is on Netflix! So add it to your queue right now!


10 responses

  1. I’m so glad you enjoyed this! It’s always worrying when you read so much praise about a movie you haven’t seen, sometimes the expectations can be too high. I really love this movie 🙂

    January 25, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    • Caz

      It’s funny you should mention that about high expectations as I have a blog post started about that. Especially with it being around the Awards season as that buzz often leaves you let down by films.

      January 25, 2017 at 3:23 pm

  2. Isn’t it delightful? So glad you had fun with it too. Waititi has such a uniquely wacky sense of humor and somehow it registers perfectly with me.

    January 26, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    • Caz

      Yeah everything about it just worked, so pleased I had seen so many positive comments as if you read the plot it doesn’t really sound like it will be the best.

      January 27, 2017 at 7:46 am

  3. Hi Caz – great review! This was such a surprise last year that it made my Top 3 for 2016. A perfect blend of comedy and drama, and with two wonderful performances as well. It’s movies like this one that make all the other terrible movies we sit through (almost) worth it. Just brilliant!

    January 26, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    • Caz

      Yeah I totally agree with you, when you watch loads of films you wait for one like this to come along!

      January 27, 2017 at 7:42 am

  4. I loved this one too. I didn’t catch it in time to put it on my 2016 top 10, but it’s an early frontrunner for a place on my 2017 list.

    January 28, 2017 at 12:16 am

    • Caz

      That’s good to hear, so nice to see so many positive things around a film like this one.

      January 28, 2017 at 10:43 am

  5. Haha I quite enjoyed this one, glad to see you liked it. Not the same type of humour as What We Do In The Shadows, but definitely enjoyable.

    January 31, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    • Caz

      Yeah it had a nice charm to it!

      January 31, 2017 at 10:07 pm

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