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Wilderpeople Empire's best movie of 2016

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 2/12/2016 Daniel Gilhooly

<span style="font-size:13px;">Local production Hunt for the Wilderpeople has been named 2016's best movie, according to Empire magazine.</span> © https://www.facebook.com/huntforthewilderpeople Local production Hunt for the Wilderpeople has been named 2016's best movie, according to Empire magazine. Taika Waititi's hit movie Hunt for the Wilderpeople has topped Empire magazine's list of 25 best movies of 2016.

The UK publication, which describes itself as world's biggest movie magazine, ranks the Kiwi production above the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio's The Revenant, Quentin Tarantino's Hateful Eight and Oscar best picture winner Spotlight.

"It's a small, charming, utterly delightful film, from a tiny island on the other side of the world, and it deserves to take the world by storm," Empire says.

The movie, an adaption of Barry Crump's novel Wild Pork and Watercress starring Sam Neill and a 13-year-old Julian Dennison, is "perfectly balanced".

"Emotional without being overwrought, quirky without being twee, hilarious without losing touch of the story or the characters."

Wilderpeople broke the local record for an opening weekend when it was released in New Zealand in autumn and has gone on to critical success, also earning more than $US22 million ($NZ31m) around the world.

It is ranked the 92nd best movie of all time by website Rotten Tomatoes.

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