In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “I was wrong about everything I expected, and I’m really glad that I was.”
“No child left behind.”
I saw the trailer for Hunt for the Wilderpeople on three recent trips to the cinema. And while it made me laugh every single time, I still had no real burning desire to see it on the big screen. The trailer was so laugh heavy, I assumed it probably ruined all of the movie’s best jokes. It also gave a really wacky, loose tone that I thought would struggle to sustain a feature length running time. Then, I went to the movies to see The Nice Guys, it was sold out, and the only other option was Hunt for the WIiderpeople. Turns out, I was wrong about everything I expected, and I’m really glad that I was.
Preteen Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison) is a bad egg. His history of offences and re-offences is too long to list. We’re talking graffiti-ing, littering, smashing stuff, burning stuff, breaking stuff, stealing stuff, throwing rocks and running away. After exhausting all other relatives, he’s sent to live in the New Zealand country side with distant aunt, Bella (Rima Te Wiata) and her husband, the quiet and cranky master of the bush, Hector (Sam Neil). (more…)