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Hunt for the Wilderpeople

  • 07-07-2016 9:00am
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    Registered Users Posts: 26,961 ✭✭✭✭ boneyarsebogman


    Did a search for this, but could only find references to it.

    Saw this last night as part of the Galway Film Fleadh and I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it throughout.


    A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.

    IMDB

    It's directed by Taika Waitit, who is slowly becoming one of my favourite directors, with the excellent Eagle vs Shark, Boy, and What We Do In The Shadows under his belt. Interestingly, he's directing the upcoming Thor movie, which could be an interesting take, if he carries on his humour into it.

    There are so many quotable lines and hilarious setpieces. Definitely recommend tracking it down.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,063 ✭✭✭ safetyboy


    Looking forward to this for a while now.


  • Registered Users Posts: 26,961 ✭✭✭✭ boneyarsebogman


    I wonder whether it's getting a theatrical release?


  • Registered Users Posts: 150 ✭✭ Catcher7791


    There was a free preview of it at the IFI's Open Day last Saturday. It's getting a release on September 16th.


  • Registered Users Posts: 27,838 ✭✭✭✭ gmisk


    There was a free preview of it at the IFI's Open Day last Saturday. It's getting a release on September 16th.
    There was....it was rammed.....the film is very very funny and pretty touching deserves to do really well when released here.


  • Registered Users Posts: 26,961 ✭✭✭✭ boneyarsebogman


    gmisk wrote: »
    There was....it was rammed.....the film is very very funny and pretty touching deserves to do really well when released here.

    Sadly the incredible What We Do In The Shadows, which I firmly believe is Waititi's best work to date, didn't do all that well at the box office -- well, it still was a financial success globally, but nowhere near as much as it should have. Admittedly I only caught it on Netflix.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 27,838 ✭✭✭✭ gmisk


    Sadly the incredible What We Do In The Shadows, which I firmly believe is Waititi's best work to date, didn't do all that well at the box office -- well, it still was a financial success globally, but nowhere near as much as it should have. Admittedly I only caught it on Netflix.
    True I would say budgets aren't astronomical in fairness.
    Seems to be doing ok in small release in US though
    http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=weekend&id=huntforwilderpeople.htm
    I guess a film like this is always going to have limited appeal box office wise but people likely to hear about it after through word of mouth.


  • Registered Users Posts: 26,961 ✭✭✭✭ boneyarsebogman


    Interestingly it had double the budget of WWDIS, which is very prevalent throughout. I'm very curious to see what he does with the newest Thor movie, of which he is the director.

    Plus it'll be the biggest movie his friends have ever stared in :pac:


  • Registered Users Posts: 603 ✭✭✭ bkrangle


    Saw this in Cineworld tonight and really enjoyed it.

    Very funny overall with some sad and poignant bits for good measure. There's a nice gruff turn too from Sam Neill who I've always primarily associated with Jurassic Park and Event Horizon.

    The cameos from the director, and some other familiar faces, are among the funniest bits.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,506 ✭✭✭ FunLover18


    I loved this, not as funny as WWDITS but a much better film. Definitely one of my favourite of the year.


  • Registered Users Posts: 24,289 ✭✭✭✭ Cookie_Monster


    It's already the most successful NZ film to date, saw it when it came out over here and it's great.
    The kiwi humour is similar to a lot of the Irish made stuff and I really enjoy these local films.

    Goodbye Pork Pie from 1981 is another excellent one if anyone is looking for a similar-ish kiwi film.

    There seems to be a long standing tradition in Kiwi films that the cops are all morons too :D


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,478 ✭✭✭ Fuzzy_Dunlop


    Really loved this film. Funny and affecting and everything in between.

    Looking forward to seeing what Taika can do with Thor.


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 27,219 CMod ✭✭✭✭ johnny_ultimate


    This film is silly, uneven and often unbelievable even within its own flimsy internal logic - and yet I found it very hard to conjure up any ill will against it. It's heavy on the charm, full of enthusiasm from everybody involved, and a crowd pleaser that doesn't feel like its yielding to sentimentality. It's accessible in a very positive way - very funny at times (if a bit scattershot at others), and doesn't feel like it betrays its characters for cheap payoffs.

    Much preferred it to WWDITS, and while Waititi isn't quite on Edgar Wright levels, it reminded me of his work a bit in terms of the visual and editing energy afoot here. There's plenty of novel staging of scenes, and the cast are clearly having a riot throughout. It's lightweight and disposable overall, but in this context I say that as a positive rather than a negative :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 16,665 ✭✭✭✭ Tony EH


    Agree with you there Johnny. It's sheer force of charm had me really enjoying it despite the fact that, internally, I was questioning the plot and logic all the way through and I really didn't take to a couple of characters. There's some real laugh out loud dialogue though.

    It is sentimental, but never schmaltzy and I think that is the difference.

    I guess it's just one of those pictures.

    Haven't seen 'What We Do in the Shadows' yet, but on the strengths on 'Hunt for the Wilderpeople', I'll be seeking it out.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,506 ✭✭✭ FunLover18


    Tony EH wrote:
    Haven't seen 'What We Do in the Shadows' yet, but on the strengths on 'Hunt for the Wilderpeople', I'll be seeking it out.

    It's on Netflix and well worth a watch. Much more of a straight up comedy.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 16,115 ✭✭✭✭ Nervous Wreck


    There barely is any internal logic to this film; that's kinda the point. It's told from the perspective of a kid with an overactive imagination and a difficulty keeping focus. It's erratic and unbelievable because that's how he sees the world. Fantastic film. Waititi is great.


  • Hosted Moderators Posts: 17,410 ✭✭✭✭ Conor Bourke


    Went to see this last night and really enjoyed it. The best way I could think to describe it is almost like a combination of Up and Into The West :pac:

    Waititi and Rhys Darby's cameos were excellent.


  • Registered Users Posts: 344 ✭✭ holy guacamole


    So many quoteworthy lines in this film, it's almost Python-esque in that sense. Psycho Sam is my new favourite movie character. :D

    Really hope this film gets a following in this part of the world, it deserves as wide an audience as possible.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,462 ✭✭✭ 4Ad


    Really hope this film gets a following in this part of the world, it deserves as wide an audience as possible.[/quote]

    Ditto.. Really enjoyed this film, only saw it by chance, must look up his previous films..


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,506 ✭✭✭ FunLover18


    4Ad wrote:
    Ditto.. Really enjoyed this film, only saw it by chance, must look up his previous films..

    What we do in the shadows is on Netflix and it's very funny.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,221 ✭✭✭ gucci


    I watched this last night and have to agree with the positive feelings for this movie shared above. It was the perfect movie to take the edge off the reality of a return to work today!

    I can’t really add much to what has been said above either, only to say it’s a great watch and is about the perfect length.
    My favourite scene I think were Psychic Sam
    Lets Play Dead
    and the scene where Ricky starts telling the 3 idiots
    that he has had to do terrible things to Hec…..

    I believe it will soon be added to Netflix, therefore I recommend keeping an eye out for it.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 26,961 ✭✭✭✭ boneyarsebogman


    gucci wrote: »
    I watched this last night and have to agree with the positive feelings for this movie shared above. It was the perfect movie to take the edge off the reality of a return to work today!

    I can’t really add much to what has been said above either, only to say it’s a great watch and is about the perfect length.
    My favourite scene I think were Psychic Sam
    Lets Play Dead
    and the scene where Ricky starts telling the 3 idiots
    that he has had to do terrible things to Hec…..

    I believe it will soon be added to Netflix, therefore I recommend keeping an eye out for it.

    Psycho Sam is such a great character.

    What I love most about Waititi's work is that his friends often pop up in his movies.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,237 ✭✭✭✭ Arghus


    It's been added to Netflix. May now get around to watching it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,503 ✭✭✭✭ Also Starring LeVar Burton


    Great film. Very funny and enjoyable.

    If you're on the lookout for other great films from New Zealand, I thoroughly recommend Housebound (2014).


  • Registered Users Posts: 26,961 ✭✭✭✭ boneyarsebogman


    Also worth looking into the director's other works - What We Do in the Shadows, which is also available on Netflix is a superb mockumentary (think This is Spinal Tap/Best in Show etc.) about vampires living in New Zealand. Then there's also Boy & Eagle vs Shark.


  • Registered Users Posts: 688 ✭✭✭ Evac101


    Lovely, lovely film, highly recommend. In the words of a friend, "It's sort of like 'Up', except in New Zealand, and with guns".


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 27,741 Mod ✭✭✭✭ pixelburp


    Bumping the thread for no good reason than to say in passing that I finally(!) saw this via Netflix, having read so much passing tattle - here and elsewhere - about this little gem of a film from New Zealand & Taika Waititi.

    Absolutely loved it, start to finish & has smuggled its way into my favourite films of the last few years; eccentric, exciting, funny, charming, sweet, erratic, melancholic - and often at the same time in a single scene. Waititi made an action-adventure across the epic landscape of New Zealand's jungle seem positively whimsical. A bit of a Shaggy Dog story at times, but it was so full of humanity & hilarious, quotable lines it didn't really matter.


  • Registered Users Posts: 66 ✭✭✭ stormthecastle


    Also worth looking into the director's other works - What We Do in the Shadows, which is also available on Netflix is a superb mockumentary (think This is Spinal Tap/Best in Show etc.) about vampires living in New Zealand. Then there's also Boy & Eagle vs Shark.

    Also a tv series called Wellington paranormal is coming out soon (this week) which is a spinoff of WWDITS and looks brilliant...same humour as movie.

    In the Hunt for the Wilderpeople, the church scene kills me every time, brilliant.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,215 ✭✭✭ check_six


    Also a tv series called Wellington paranormal is coming out soon (this week) which is a spinoff of WWDITS and looks brilliant...same humour as movie.

    In the Hunt for the Wilderpeople, the church scene kills me every time, brilliant.

    Where is this being screened? Will it be on Netflix?


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 27,741 Mod ✭✭✭✭ pixelburp


    There's a trailer out for this spin-off to What We Do in the Shadows (though doesn't look like anyone from the film is turning up?)



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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,584 Frank O. Pinion


    This should be split into a thread in the TV forum, but...

    There will be two spinoff TV series based on the What We Do In The Shadows film.

    The first, Wellington Paranormal, which starts today on New Zealand television, is a procedural comedy series based on the police, Karen and Mike, who had minor roles in the film. It's six episodes.

    The second, also named What We Do In The Shadows, is an American version of the film, set to air on FX, Spring 2019. It will have 10 episodes, and stars Kayvan Novak (Fonejacker, Facejacker).


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