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Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi's latest wins acclaim at Sundance

24 January 2016 7:24 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Taika Waititi

Before jetting in to Sydney to begin filming Thor: Ragnarok with Cate Blanchett and Chris Hemsworth at Fox Studios, Kiwi director Taika Waititi (Boy, What We Do in the Shadows) is soaking up the acclaim in Park City, where his latest film has premiered to rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople is based on Barry Crump's Wild Pork and Watercress, about a boy (Paper Planes' Julian Dennison) on the run in the New Zealand wilderness with an irascible guardian (Sam Neill)..

"Taika Waititi.s latest is a pleasing comedy-adventure that pays cheeky homage to key early works from that nation.s first filmic renaissance ˜ right down to casting the still-game Sam Neill, who was also a fugitive 40 years ago in Roger Donaldson.s Sleeping Dogs", said Variety's review, adding "the pic is sure to be another home-turf hit."

THR's Boyd van Hoeij was just as positive, »

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’

23 January 2016 1:35 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A young orphan and his very reluctant keeper “go bush” on the lam from authorities in “Hunt for the Wilderpeople.” Based on a tale by the late, prolific New Zealand novelist Barry Crump, Taika Waititi’s latest is a pleasing comedy-adventure that pays cheeky homage to key early works from that nation’s first filmic renaissance — right down to casting the still-game Sam Neill, who was also a fugitive 40 years ago in Roger Donaldson’s “Sleeping Dogs.” Despite the humor, there’s a cornier, more formulaic core here than in the writer-helmer’s prior successes “Boy” and “What We Do in the Shadows” that may comparatively limit its offshore prospects. But international sales should be hale enough, and the pic is sure to be another home-turf hit.

Dropped off on a remote farm by a very caustic child-services worker named Paula (Rachel House) who assures his new minders he’s a “very bad egg, »

- Dennis Harvey

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