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The Big Year
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Three avid bird watchers compete to spot the rarest birds in North America at a prestigious annual event.
So, I'm watching this, and I'm having a hard time staying awake. Pure boredom.
Then, the sound designer decides to mix the film so a Coldplay song plays at maximum volume, making me spill my Pringles.
I just don't know what to say, this sucked.
The Big Year is the very definition of a gentle comedy. It could also be classified as unfunny, uneventful, unmemorable and occasionally irritating. It is hard to know how a film about bird-spotting was ever commissioned as it hardly seems the sort of material to excite studio bosses. There must have also been a point when the writers realised that their slow paced script with broad and shallow characterisation just wouldn’t be particularly interesting. Yet miraculously it kept getting the green light at each stage before assembling a pretty impressive cast (if you excuse the three leads).
Jack Black’s narration throughout is probably the most annoying thing about the film because, well, it’s Jack Black talking and that is always…
I truly think this COULD have been funny.
The Big Year is a nice little tale about three competitive birders stumping for the world record of spotting the most species of birds in the wilds of North America. Martin, Black and Wilson - three actors with strong screen-personalities all manage to rein themselves in much to the benefit of the story's subtext about compulsion, sacrifice and legacy. The perfect Angelica Houston shows up for about twenty seconds to deliver one of the movie's best bits. Overall, kind of a sweet story that maybe should have gotten a bit more attention when it was in the theaters.
It is easy to see why critics took against this film as the comedy heavyweights on show are not giving massive laugh out loud performances. As this is a gentle film giving me plenty of small laughs. I love the cast in the film possibly my only slight disappointment is Owen Wilson playing his usual persona of a confident smooth talking man in a constant state of trying to one up his rivals. But I still enjoyed and I especially enjoyed Jack Black and Steve Martin’s game and different performances. Like the film Best in Show this gives an affectionate view on small sub cultures and obsessive views on them. But whereas Best in Show did provide plenty laughs this film had a lot more heart.
Why? What's the point? Steve Martin wasn't very Steve Martin-y; Jack Black wasn't Jack Black-y; and Owen Wilson. Meh.
It was sweet (so sweet that my teeth hurt a bit), family friendly and there were some moderately amusing site gags. And birds.
Unspektakulär aber mit ganz viel Herz erzählt.
(für Ornithologen sicher ein muss)
Amable comedia sobre un hobby peculiar pero real. "El gran año" del título se refiere a ver o a oír el mayor número de especies diferentes de aves durante ese periodo.
Los protagonistas son un "fracasado" insufrible (Jack Black) y un recién prejubilado (Steve Martin) que intentan batir al que obtuvo el récord la edición anterior (Owen Wilson).
Buen reparto (aunque yo le tenga manía a Black) que incluye, entre otros, a Brian Dennehy, Dianne West, Rosamund Pike, Radshida Jones, Joel McHale, Angelica Huston, Kevin Pollack o Jim Parsons, que no debería tener prisa de abandonar su papel de Dheldon Cooper en THE BIG-BANG THEORY.
Cada uno de los personajes tiene problemas de los que huye a través de su hobby. Como en una película de Daniel Sánchez-Arévalo pero sin el retintín.
Bien pero no sé si la recordaré en una semana.
Weak, lame, boring and predictable. There are some good things in it as well but the mainpart is bad.
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My review -- this film is now on DVD and I have to be honest The Big Year for me is a very ordinary film it doesn't set the world on fire, just to add weight to my review the box office takings were appalling the financial backers have more chance of penguins flying then seeing a profit margin [budget $41 million box office takings $8 million and I am being extremely kind with the figures but still being factual.] The contents in a nutshell I am not sure if this is a true story or not but there are some words written on screen before the film begins and at the end but after the third time of trying…
In birding, a Big Year is seeing or hearing as many different species of birds as possible in a calendar year. Three men pursue the Birder of the Year title: Kenny Bostick, who's seen a record 732 in a past big year, Stu Preissler, newly retired, and Brad Harris, who narrates the story. Life gets in the way: Bostick's wife wants a baby, Stu's firm needs him for sensitive negotiations, and Brad, divorced and underemployed at 36, has an encouraging mom and a disapproving dad. They criss-cross the continent (including a trip to Alaska's westernmost island), follow migration patterns, and head for storms that force birds to ground. Who will win, at what cost, and with what rewards?
Two wanta be comedy legends and one used to be comedy legend looks at birds. A nature documentary tries to cash in by hiring three comedians
Very underrated comedy with three comedy legends.
Mild comedy/drama which revolves around a rather niche topic: birding. Black, Wilson, and Martin are all fine as birders of different backgrounds competing to achieve the record for most birds sighted in a year. One questions the film's reason-to-be initially, with such a seemingly thin premise, until it gradually reveals itself as a feel good drama about self-realization. Bird lovers should find it a treat; but there is some edutainment value for non-birders, and a long list of lovely locations.
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