‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ Teaser Previews Taika Waititi’s Sundance Hit

     January 23, 2016


Some of the Collider team is holed up at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival right now (including yours truly), and one of the most buzzed-about movies from the fest so far is What We Do in the Shadows director Taika Waititi’s new film Hunt for the Wilderpeople, for which a teaser trailer is now available. The adventure comedy follows a troubled young boy named Ricky (Julian Dennison), who comes to find himself under the care of a cantankerous man named Hector (Sam Neill). Over the course of the film, the two set out on a hilarious, shenanigan-filled adventure in the New Zealand bush that’s filled with laughs, inventive storytelling, and a hefty dose of heart. The movie has shades of Pixar’s Up and the works of author Roald Dahl, as it follows the slightly fantastical journey of a very mismatched pair.

This teaser trailer does an incredible job of introducing the character of Ricky without giving away much of the film’s plot, and trust me when I say Dennison gives a starmaking performance as this particular juvenile delinquent. One may recognize Taititi’s name from recent headlines, and indeed his next project after Wilderpeople is Marvel’s superhero sequel Thor: Ragnarok. Watching Hunt for the Wilderpeople myself, I instantly understood why Marvel would want to have this guy at the helm of a buddy comedy-esque Thor sequel. Waititi proves that he has incredible range as a filmmaker, with an ability to tackle the absurd in such a way as to never forsake the humanity at the heart of the characters. Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a crowd-pleaser in every possible way.

Check out the trailer below (via ScreenCrush) and click here to read Matt’s full review.


Image via Sundance

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