Movie Review: Kiwi Conchords alum mounts a charming Hunt For The Wilderpeople

Eyebrows were raised last fall when New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi was announced as the director of next year’s Thor: Ragnarok. Unlike previous Thor directors Kenneth Branagh and Alan Taylor, who’d both had at least some experience directing action sequences (in Henry V and on Game Of Thrones, respectively), Waititi is known exclusively for small, gentle comedies, often in collaboration with Flight Of The Conchords’ Jemaine Clement. (The two co-directed last year’s What We Do In The Shadows.) How he’ll fare with the Marvel Cinematic Universe is anybody’s guess, but there aren’t many clues to be found in Hunt For The Wilderpeople, an enjoyably goofy adventure that manages to bring some freshness to the moldy “cantankerous adult reluctantly bonds with adorable kid” subgenre. Starring Sam Neill as the cantankerous adult, the film plays a bit like Jurassic Park minus Lex and dinosaurs, mining humor …

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