Generous Beth Fedyn sent me this copy of Hunt for the Wilderpeople. It’s a hoot! As far as I know, this movie never showed up in Western New York in 2016. Now, it’s on DVD so it many get more attention (and access). Hunt for the Wilderpeople is basically a two-actor show: Julian Dennison plays a troubled teenager named Ricky in New Zealand and Sam Neill plays a grumpy old man who attempts to take care of Ricky. Because of events too incredible to describe, Sam and Ricky are on the run in the wilds of New Zealand (fabulous scenery!) while most of the law enforcement of the country is chasing them.
This movie could have been a disaster if the actor who was cast as Ricky was a dud. Julian Dennison is perfect as a kid with problems. Sam Neill has chemistry with the kid despite his crankiness. Fun and funny! GRADE: B+