Hunt for the Wilderpeople

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Never seen the movie? Me neither! Watch the trailer here.

With Charles Harris

This is one of my favorite movies because:

It’s funny as hell but also makes me cry. Stylistically, it’s a blend of my two favorite filmmakers (Wes Anderson and Edgar Wright) but manages to feel fresh and unique. It’s a nice peek into a culture that’s relatively unseen by American audiences. And, lastly, I identify with depressed kids so I’m all about those types of characters.

I’m shocked Darch hasn’t seen this because:

It’s so goddamn good. The entire world needs this movie in its life.

The three parts I’m most excited for Darch to see are:

1. The Ricky Baker song
2. Sam Neill jumping to slaughter a boar
3. The Sarah Connor bit

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I’m pretty sure this movie is about:

A secret group of people at Harvard. The new nerds hear about this secret club through a series of clues left for them after their chess club meetings. But will they be disappointed in a club that doesn’t live up to their expectations? Will they finally be accepted?

Famous scenes/lines I think are in this movie:

“Where are the Wilderpeople? WHO are the Wilderpeople?” “That can’t be what the clue means, it’s too simple.”

I haven’t seen this movie because:

I’ve never heard of it. ALSO IT’S NEW. Give me a break, people.


Darch types in gray over here.

Charles types in maroon over here.

Charles is making me watch with closed captions. ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS.

This is directed by my boi Taika Waititi. He’s making the next Thor film. He’s dope.

—WE MEET THE ORPHAN—

Kid’s in the Illuminati. Get out your decoder rings.

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Auntie Bella is not taking any of Paula Hall’s shit

“This kid is a reallll bad egg. You know, kicking stuff, spitting. The list goes on.”

I really identify with Sam Neill‘s grumpiness.

“Sorry about Hec, he’s a silly old goat.” New catch phrase.

—RICKY BAKER TRIES TO RUN AWAY, NO ONE MUCH MINDS, HE COMES BACK—

One time in Iceland I snuck out of a farmhouse in the middle of the night and almost got trampled by a ram. This dude is lucky.

I also really identify with Ricky’s interest in pancakes

Ricky is a Haiku master. He is not very good at naming them though.

OH you don’t want to pluck this dead squirrel’s skin? Okay let’s go play guns. BEST FOSTER PARENTS.

—RICKY AND AUNTIE BELLA START TO BOND OVER… SOMETHING—

Auntie Bella just slaughtered a pig and looks like Carrie now

If Hector doesn’t like this song, he doesn’t like anything.

—AUNTIE BELLA DIES. THAT QUICKLY—

OH man. Hector has to take care of this kid and he doesn’t even know how to smile himself.

Ricky just made Hec dinner. It’s burnt toast. I’m crying inside.

WE’RE ONLY ON CHAPTER TWO?????

This letter just said “Sorry sir that you lost someone important, we’d like to also take away the only other person you know.”

—RICKY AND HECTOR GET IN A FIGHT, RICKY DECIDES TO RUN OFF INTO THE BUSH—

This kid is like, me, Bella and old waterbottly are going to the sky place.

RIP Ricky Baker. It’s a fake Ricky though. Ricky Faker. I’m sorry for typing that.

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(I’d like everyone to know I could have deleted the above comment and did not.)

I’m glad to see Ricky really prepared for this trip.

Hec just found Ricky. But more importantly, Zag found Tupac.

—HEC GETS HURT. THEY ARE STUCK IN THE BUSH FOR SIX WEEKS—

The only thing Ricky has at his disposal in the Bush is haikus

AND DANCE

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 —HEC CAN WALK NOW. THEY GO TO A HUT AND FIND OUT THEY ARE WANTED—

“Most people die naked. But the trick is, don’t take off your clothes.” I’m ready for the jungle now.

Charles told me this is real, but it’s really cool that there are just houses for people in the bush to chill out.

But also, probably a lot of murders happen there.

Of all the times Hec has told Ricky to shut up, he neglected to do it when Ricky accidentally made it sound like he was being molested.

Dude’s got one bum leg and can take on three grown ass adults.

“GUN FIRES, MEN WHIMPER” is my favorite subtitle so far.

Hec has finally accepted Ricky as a travel companion. Now. it’s basically Pixar’s UP but with fewer dogs.

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—PAULA IS ON THE HUNT FOR RICKY WHICH MEANS… WE GET ANOTHER MONTAGE!!!—

One of my favorite things in movies/television shows is when people are doing tasks WAY OUT of the scope of their actual professions. This lady would just be waiting for the police to return with Ricky.

Darch is right about Paula. Homegirl’s been watching too many Law & Order re-runs.

Hec just threw a stick at a building to make sure the coast is clear. That is how I want to announce my entrance at parties from now on.

—RICKY HAS TO GO FIND HELP. HE MEETS THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE AND SHE TAKES HIM TO HIS HOUSE TO CALL THE COPS—

“OMG It’s the missing kid, everyone is worried about his health. Can I have a selfie?”

2002

This girl’s dad is my favorite character in the movie. He loves sausage. He loves bros. He loves Maori representation. And I love him.

Ricky is basically a Hobbit. He loves bread, he follows an old dude around the forest, and he can’t properly dismount a horse.

—RICKY AND HEC ARE SEPARATED BUT STILL INDIVIDUALLY RUNNING FROM AN INSANE PAULA HALL—

Ricky is PRO at camouflaging.

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BIG TERMINATOR fight. Very adult.

—THEY MEET UP AGAIN! THE GANG IS ALL TOGETHER! THEN, ZAG DIES—

Wasn’t sure if I should warn Darch about Zag and the Boar.

HE SHOULD HAVE.

There is a website that I check before I watch every movie called doesthedogdie.com. This is not a bit.

—STILL ON THE RUN BUT THEY ARE CLOSING IN. BOTH THE COPS ARE CLOSING IN AND ALSO RICKY AND HEC ARE CLOSING IN ON BEING BEST FRIENDS—

Dude is spreading the lore about HIMSELF. “Yeah, I’m Psycho Sam, you’ve heard of me.”

Rhys Darby is in EVERYTHING made in New Zealand. He just shows up on set I think.

Hec complemented Ricky’s Haiku. If I hadn’t seen this three times this month, I’d be crying right now.

Rhys Darby just tried to “Clap off” a candle.

—THE COPS FIND THEM AT PSYCHO SAM’S HOUSE AND THE CAR CHASE BEGINS—

And now the movie looks a lot like GTA

WOW. The budget New Zealand has to send out like 8 tanks to bring in one kid that is a ward of the state. Incomprehensible. No wonder their math scores always beat us.

#SkuxLife

Also #TupacLives

—CAUGHT. THE TRIAL IS A MONTAGE OF COURSE. RICKY GOES HOME WITH THE SAUSAGE DAD—

The fact that Ricky got to keep Tupac is essentially all the resolution I need.

This is the most a film blog will ever mention Tupac

This old man chooses the skux life. Moral of the story.

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Overall Rating: A+
Comments: WOW. What a great movie. I watched it again two days later with my boyfriend. He loved it, too. It’s a movie for everyone. There are so many cute moments, TONS of quotable lines, (which are even more fun because they have accents!), it is both serious and heartfelt and hilarious. The characters are all well developed (even Sausage dad) and the dialogue is witty, warm and full of movie references. Also, now I know what Burger Rings are.