A Hidden Gem

Taking full advantage of the snow day, my wife, son, and I watched a great movie today from the comfort of our home.

The movie was recommended by one of our other sons; otherwise it is likely we would have never heard of it.

The movie was “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”, and was released in the U.S. in June, 2016. To date, its total box office is about $5.2 million. That’s unfortunate, since it indicates that not too many people have seen the movie, which is well worth the 100 minutes viewing time.

Here’s a description of the movie, courtesy of Rotten Tomatoes:

Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec, and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face their options: go out in a blaze of glory or overcome their differences and survive as a family. Equal parts road comedy and rousing adventure story, director Taika Waititi (WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, upcoming THOR: RAGNORAK) masterfully weaves lively humor with emotionally honest performances by Sam Neill and Julian Dennison. A hilarious, touching crowd-pleaser, HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE reminds us about the journey that growing up is (at any age) and those who help us along the way.

And here’s the trailer:

The movie has a 97% score from critics and a 91% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, which are incredibly strong numbers.

On IMDB, it has a metacritic score of 81, which puts it in the top 7% of all movies released in 2016, and is higher than the metacritic score for both Hidden Figures and Fences, two Best Picture nominees.

In other words, you don’t have to take my word for it, many people agree that it is a great movie.

It’s a heartwarming, funny, and adventurous film that features beautiful scenery; a winning combination for sure.

By the way, the official web site for the movie has an online quiz to test your survival skills in the New Zealand bush.  To put it mildly, I did not do well – my chances of survival were 0%…

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Jim Borden

Accounting Prof. at Villanova; happily married for 30+ years; father of 3 outstanding young men; vegan; interests: fitness, creativity, education, blogging, social media.

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