The term 'independent movie' doesn't mean anything at this point really, and is certainly not a particular genre. Most of…
The Giant Mechanical Man
An offbeat romantic comedy about a silver-painted street performer and the soft spoken zoo worker who falls for him.
Those two magical words are enough to get me to watch pretty much anything. I was expecting a quirky rom-com, but that's not what this is. People saying this is quirky were watching it differently than me, because I thought these were two generically boring characters thrown into a cookie-cutter mold of a romantic comedy. Then, somebody took all the comedy out, put in a bunch of sadness and mid-life-crises-ness, manufactured a romance out of thin air, and added in some minor characters that were supposed to be funny (they weren't). It's so boring that I actually turned it off 2 minutes before it ended and didn't even realize it was almost over.
But Chris Messina. On stilts. In silver makeup. The man could have amazing chemistry with a tiny rock, so it's worth watching if you like his adorable self and Jenna Fischer (from the Office).
Don't poke the fucking monkey!
Lee Kirk's directorial debut is a solid effort hampered a bit by a predictable plot. Is there a rom-com law that says in the third act the couple has to have a misunderstanding that jeopardizes the relationship? Am I wrong for complaining about such a thing? Moving on.
I always find Jenna Fischer charming as hell whether it's on The Office or the various independent films she's in. Here she has great chemistry Chris Messina as two people that might seem quirky at first, but that's just compared to other rom-coms. The fact is their characters, Janice and Tim, are more realistic then what you'd usually find in this type of film.
❤ Chris Messina and Jenna Fischer is always charming :-)
The Giant Mechanical Man is an ok indie romance that reminded me of Next Stop Wonderland. There is a quietness about it, the characters' awkwardness is never hidden, and while much of the film is set at the zoo, many of the zoo scenes are in an aquarium, much like Next Stop Wonderland.
The only problem I had with the film is that I didn't quite buy into Janice and Tim, the main characters. They are the new social misfits: the over-educated unambitious 30 somethings who don't know what they want. That's fine. What isn't is that you know this because all the secondary characters are so over-the-top stupid and nagging and careless that you have to root for poor…
Predictable but with endearing characters.
There were points in this film where Fischer and Messina had amazing chemistry. Then there was the other 80 percent of the film where they and everyone else involved just felt flat and one-dimensional.
It's a shame. It was a cute little film that had a lot of potential to be a great movie, but the shortcomings just kept stacking up as it dragged on.
Full disclosure: I'm pretty sure this was the film that made me fall in love with Chris Messina.
If "indie darling" was really a thing rather than something silly that movie reviewers and entertainment reporters say to talk about something that people shouldn't feel bad about not having familiarity with, this movie would be it. An indie darling. The story is nothing new but gosh, it is charming, charming, charming. The Giant Mechanical Man, which revolves around the bleak lives of lost thirty-somethings, comes across as a really polished/less odd Hal Hartley piece. I rarely relate to the hapless women most romance flicks center around, but make one of them a strange Jane who falls in love with a street performer and well, I get it. The chemistry between the leads, Jenna Fischer and Chris Messina, is spot-on, allowing for the success of an otherwise simple story.
Street performer falls for Pam. Guy from that 70s show is neglected. (10–12PM, IFC)
Probably not for everyone, but I really liked this film. Being in the age category the film represents I can definitely Identify with the characters, who don't have everything worked out yet. Which I think is probably a lot of 30 somethings(because I sure don't want to be in this alone) But I think its about working it out and you really don't need outside sources constantly trolling you. So yeah I like the message that not everyone will arrive at their destination through the conventional route.
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A charming indie film with quirky humor and excellent chemistry between the two lead actors. It's not a true indie film if you don't have someone wearing in silver makeup and walking on stilts. An introspective work for anyone trying to find their way in life. Additionally, this film has a pleasant minimalist soundtrack. Would recommend.
"I think you're just... great. Because you know what's so great about you? You're real. You don't pretend like you've got it all figured out, like everyone else walking around life."
The Giant Mechanical Man is a lot like the way Tim describes Janice on their first night out. It's genuine. It doesn't try too hard to make any of its characters quirky or clever. These people are real portraits of humanity. They don't have life figured out and they don't pretend to know where their lives are going. They're just trying to live one day at a time.
Lee Kirk did a great job of crafting these characters as honestly as possible.
The characters do benefit from a bit…
I was sucked into watching this because I let me wife pick the movie for the night. I had seen it come up on Netflix a few times prior and always passed on it. I thought it looked stupid. Not sure what drew my wife to it but it's what she wanted to see and I dutifully played along. I'm glad I did. My wife has a pretty good eye for movies.
There's nothing Earth shattering here. It's a pretty typical romantic comedy, you've seen it before. I find that to be the case with a lot of movies though. I would say I have a pretty idea where almost every movie I watch is going to go before I…
Le hubieran cambiado el peinado a Pam, por lo menos le hubieran quitado sus cuernitos de prepa.
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