New ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ Trailer Reveals Taika Waititi’s Hilarious Crowdpleaser

     February 19, 2016

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A new, full-length trailer for What We Do in the Shadows and upcoming Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi’s comedy Hunt for the Wilderpeople has been released online. 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 film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival last month and as someone who was lucky enough to catch it, I can attest that it’s an incredibly fun and funny follow-up to Waititi’s hilarious vampire comedy What We Do in the Shadows. This film finds the director broadening his scope, as Wilderpeople has shades of Pixar’s Up and most accurately feels like a Roald Dahl book come to life. It’s fantastical but in a grounded way, and the chemistry between Neil and newcomer Dennison is electric.


And folks will no doubt be doubly curious for this film now that Waititi is readying to helm Marvel’s high-profile sequel Thor: Ragnarok, which is said to be more comedic in tone. Based on how the filmmaker handles tone and the “buddy comedy” aspect of Wilderpeople, I’d say that franchise is in safe hands.

This new trailer does a great job of getting across the feel of the movie, even if it’s a little more spastic than the pace of the actual film. Check it out below, click here to read Matt’s full review, and click here for Steve’s interview with Waititi from Sundance. The picture opens in New Zealand on March 31st and is due for release in the U.S. later this year.

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