I watched Taika Waititi's new film, Hunt for the Wilderpeople recently. Thematically there are many similarities to the films of Wes Anderson, both in terms of the story and style. There are quick-zooms, quirky music, kids on the run from adults, dead-pan delivery, chapter headers, and ninety degree camera angles. Despite the similarities, I enjoyed Hunt for the Wilderpeople, particularly the film's protagonist, Ricky Baker (played by Julian Dennison), and in many ways it helped me to understand what I think of as Wes Anderson's successes and failures as a storyteller.
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