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.
Lee Kirk directs his wife, Jenna Fischer, in a lukewarm vanity project that's weighed down in socioeconomic fairy dust, terrible character writing, and plain old cheese. I watched this because I like Fischer and Chris Messina, but even they can't stand up to this tidal wave of smarm.
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…
❤ Chris Messina and Jenna Fischer is always charming :-)
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.
I should hate this movie and it's characters, especially Tim who sometimes acts like an obnoxious piece of shit thinking he's better than everybody. Well not sometimes, that's basically the character. I know most of the confrontations he's in he deals with assholes but still why would you randomly give someone shit for buying a TV and criticize them for not reading books. You walked right into that one dude, no reason to get mad. I really should dismiss this as hipster trash and at parts I definitely do think it's ridiculous and heavy handed. But the main relationship really works and the main message of the movie was something I needed right now so I appreciate that. Also Topher Grace plays an amazing piece of shit it's hilarious how much of a tool his character is. i don't know if it's a bad hairpiece or what but he just looks like a piece of shit.
This movie does a better job than most romantic dramas. You believe in the characters from the very first shot of the film. Not only that, you care about Janice and Tim.
The movie stresses that if you are always searching for what you want life to be you will miss out on experiencing what life actually is. Life is filled with uncertainty, fear, pain, and love.
The Giant Mechanical Man is a solid film that is not forced and has a naturally flowing story. There are also a lot of big names in the film that many people consider fan favorites. Bob Odenkirk, Jenna Fischer, Rich Sommer, and Topher Grace to name just a few.
Director Lee Kirk and stars Jenna Fischer and Chris Messina question the validity of people needing to know where our lives are headed at every turn. They pull it off well at that.
Jenna Fischer and Chris Messina were fun in the leads. I would have enjoyed this movie so much more if I didn't have to endure Topher Grace's character. I really liked some of the moments between the leads, and I feel like this had potential to be a sweet romcom that I might have fallen in love with. Seeing that potential makes me more disappointed in the parts of the film that did not work for me. The plot needed some more work. It might have worked better with a tighter focus on fewer characters, so we could really get to know them. I feel like more of a focus on the leads with only a little bit about the…
Loved this movie
A fairly generic rom-com made watchable by the two charming leads. The ending would have been so much better without the coda during the credits.
THE GIANT MECHANICAL MAN is a unique title for what is ultimately an average romance. That's not to say it's not worth your time as lead actors Chris Messina and Jenna Fischer wonderful together, and the film's biggest strengths.
Messina spends his day as a performance artist as he pantomimes in silver makeup with matching suit and bolo hat.
Fischer, jobless and with rent due, moves in with her sister (Malin Akerman). She takes a job at the local zoo selling grape drinks to patrons.
Falling out of love of walking around as a giant mechanical man, Messina takes a sanitation job at the same zoo.
I'm pretty sure you can guess what happens next.
Film 58 of Project365, a project in which I watch a new film every day for a year.
Cute little independent rom-com that was a surprisingly great film with solid performances.
Need a date night movie...here you go.
Best Topher Grace role...ever.
It was alright, I suppose.
UPDATE: 12/5/2014 - Fucking nailed it.
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