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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.
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.
Should off been called the "The Big Yawn".
An on screen meeting of Jack Black, Steve Martin and Owen Wilson sounds like a party to avoid at all costs, but surprisingly this turns out to be a slow burning, light hearted winner. It's not a comedy, it's definitely not funny and very little happens. It's just a laid back moral tail about competitive bird watching that jogs along in entertaining low octane fashion. I'm not sure why I liked it but I did.
I truly think this COULD have been funny.
It did nothing good
Admirably nerdy and gentle-hearted comedy about rival bird watchers that plays as more of a coming-of-age buddy movie than the slapstick farce the cast and poster suggest. Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson all play it mostly straight and it works all the better for it. Much better than I expected. Put a smile on my face.
Nice gentle comedy drama, concerning the competition between three birders (not birdwatchers!) to spot the most species in a year. The three leads are all solid, the scenery looks gorgeous and the fact that such a random subject for a film can be so enjoyable says it all. It's never going to change the world of film, but sometimes a warm, fuzzy feeling is just what you want. Very enjoyable.
A simple story, about simple people. Not to mention a star studded cast.
Jedna od zanimljivijih i zabavnijih komedija posljednjih godina (čemu nepopularnost?). Dok glumce mogu pohvaliti, svejedno ne mogu izbjeći dojmu da su uzeli krive, gdje bi radije gledao novije face ili barem ljude manje iz tipičnih komedija. Svejedno preporuka.
Okay. Ending was a surprise.
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