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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.
Life. Relationships. Art.
It's nice to see a romantic comedy with leading actors that are good because they are naturally charming and likable, rather than big box office draws. Fisher and Messina do have good chemistry as two people who find each other while their career prospects are in dire straits, a premise that lends the story relevance and appeal in modern times, although it does get carried away on plot contrivances, as romantic comedies often do.
really good movie like really really good
A cute, charming rom-com that leaves your heart feeling warm and fuzzy.
i loved this.
a case of the right place, right time.
chris messina, le sigh!
The Giant Mechanical Man is a romantic drama that includes a bit of comedy, and it is smart, honest, poignant, and, above all, incredibly beautiful. I am not exaggerating when I say that it is one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen. It evokes feelings of loneliness and isolation but also of optimism in a subtle but realistic way that takes it to a whole different level compared to most movies of this genre.
Most of the emotional side of the film is conveyed through the wonderful performances by Jenna Fischer and Chris Messina. Both of their characters were fantastically constructed and the actors brought them to life so beautifully that words fail to do them justice.…
Cute. Charming characters, nice visuals. Heavy handed script with numerous holes.
For the most part, Tim is an average nobody in a big city with no idea what he's doing. But the one thing that makes him unique is his day job performing as a giant mechanical man for pedestrians' pocket-change. What could have easily continued to be an interesting portrait of a street-performer's previously untold struggle to be understood and appreciated, quickly turned into a lame romantic comedy with sadly unoriginal writing and sappy indie-rock scores. The film had good ideas tying in themes of human-worth and building up to a key finale scene that almost made everything worth it. But what made me lose respect for the film more than anything was this: it's two main characters value REAL…
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