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Collider | 'Hunt For The Wilderpeople' Review

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There are plenty of light comedies floating around Sundance, but with Eagle vs. Shark, What We Do in the Shadows, and his latest film, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, writer/director Taiki Waititi shows he knows how to make those movies memorable rather than disposable. He doesn’t shy away from sadness or alienation, and he revels in the bizarre. His films have a great well of empathy for outsiders, and so it’s fitting that Wilderpeople should take us to the great outdoors, or “the bush” as his New Zealand-set comedy follows a man and his adopted son on the run from the authorities after a misunderstanding. While the plot and some of the characters may be a bit cartoonish, the emotions always feel honest and Waititi is able to get some big laughs thanks to his charming protagonists.

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