I thought I missed seeing this so was delighted to see that it was still on. Perhaps it is a real sign of its popularity and I would certainly like to think it is doing well.If you haven't seen this make an effort to go and find it and watch it. It is one of these rare films that will leave you with a huge grin on your face as you are leaving the cinema.
Ricky Baker -
This is a film made in New Zealand with a lovely and little known crew of actors. Ricky Baker is played by Julian Dennison and the very stern uncle by Sam Neill. The lovely Bella is played by Rima Te Wiata and the evil witch is the welfare officer called Paula who is played superbly by Rachel House. It is written and directed by Taika Waititi and it is the endearing story of a chubby young boy called Ricky who is dropped off at his new foster home. Bella does her best to make him feel welcome and you can see that he is gradually warming to her. Her partner however, the rather stern and not very child friendly Uncle Hec is the one who finds himself dealing with Ricky.
The story line might be a little stretched especially towards the end but the conversation is real and hilarious. Julian Dennison is a superb Ricky and often all you need to see is his face to know exactly what emotions are running through his head. He has a maturity beyond his years, no doubt because of the many rather difficult experiences he had growing up, which left him no choice but to deal with situations and to process events.
The relationship which develops between Ricky and Uncle Hec is heartwarming and wonderful.