7:00 PM, 6th August, 2016
This is a great movie to see with the family. It has humour and adventure and stunning New Zealand scenery all wrapped into one hour and 41 minutes of entertainment. It is a movie about misfits and outcasts. It is also a story about feeling like you don’t quite fit in, the journey of growing up, and the people – expected and unexpected – who help you along the way.
Ricky (Dennison) is a city kid raised in foster care and who is given one last chance at a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He is sent to the home of Bella (Te Wiata) and her husband Hec (Neill). When the threat to relocate Ricky to another home arises, both he and Hec are forced to go on the run in the bush. A national manhunt begins for the two outlaws, and so does the adventurous entertainment for us.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a hilarious and touching film that will appeal to everyone. Don’t miss it.
8:51 PM, 6th August, 2016
Michael Moore has exhaustively catalogued America’s ills across multiple films: from corporate collapse in Roger and Me, to the culture of guns and violence in Bowling for Columbine, to the war on terror in Fahrenheit 9/11, to the health care system in Sicko. And now, he visits various different countries (largely in Europe, although Tunisia also gets a visit) – not to criticise them, but to steal all the best ideas he can find overseas in the most utterly American way possible. By invading.
You either like Michael Moore’s documentaries looking at social justice issues with a bit of wit and whimsy, or you find them irritating and would much rather watch something where there are more explosions.
This movie features zero explosions, except possibly a few in your head as your mind is blown as you discover that maybe, just maybe, the world can be a better place than it currently is, and that we don’t have to be at the mercy of injustice, repression, untamed capitalism and intolerance. It’s a nice message, and a strangely uplifting film for the usually somewhat cynical Moore. No, it’s never going to be the most balanced of political essays, but Moore certainly knows how to entertain while he informs, and it’s a good thought-starter.