Knowing almost nothing much about a movie so original does make the experience worthwhile. Hunt for the Wilderpeople is one of the best films of the year featuring the best Lord of the Rings reference. Juxtaposing offbeat humor with New Zealand’s majestic beauty (kudos to the awesome cinematography by Lachlin Milne), Kiwi director Taika Waititi—who directed last year’s What We Do in the Shadows and the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok; also the screenwriter for Disney’s upcoming animated film Moana—creates a quirky comedy about the importance of caring those around you. Julian Dennison and Jurassic Park’s Sam Neill are the heart and soul as this odd yet dynamic duo while all these hijinks ensue. I had never laughed so hard yet felt so engaged at the same time. Good stuff!