September 11, 2012

The Big Year (2011)

Steve Martin, Jack Black, Owen Wilson



I assume this movie was billed as a comedy because of the cast. Three supposed funny men and a movie about bird watching. Excuse me, birding. Except that the only funny thing in the movie is that the entire plot is centered around grown men obsessed with bird watching. Excuse me, birding. (I should probably stop making that joke - you really need to see the movie to get it.)

That said, the movie is actually enjoyable. It's more about people finding themselves and relationships and other themes that sound really lame when said aloud, but are essential to a quality movie.

Though I hate both Jack Black and Owen Wilson (I mean honestly - who keeps casting Jack Black in romantic leads?? And why do camera people keep insisting on filming closeups on Owen Wilson's nose??), I think both of them play their roles in the movie well. In case you're wondering what those are, Owen Wilson plays a cocky narcissist while Jack Black plays a loser who lives at home with no friends. So...pretty much exactly what I believe them to be like in real life. And I must say, it's nice to see Steve Martin in an enjoyable movie again, since I've been a little gun-shy about choosing his movies since the sad little movie that was Shopgirl.

I'm a little disappointed to see the movie only grossed $7M in total, but not surprised. I mean, even I'm having a hard time explaining what this movie is really about or what makes it worth watching, and I am rarely at a loss for words. Just don't go into the movie expecting it to be funny and you should be fine.

Final word: Seriously worth the time spent watching it (get it? get it?).

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