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).
❤ Chris Messina and Jenna Fischer is always charming :-)
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.
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.
A movie billed as a "quirky, indie romcom" such as this one seemingly gets released by the dozens every year. Two deadbeat losers who become attracted to one another because their offbeat attitudes are just OH SO incredibly magnetic that it's a wonder they weren't conjoined twins who were separated at birth. The resulting hour and half you're forced to watch these two fumble over their feelings for each other as they pussyfoot through their interactions leading into a predictable conclusion that you could see coming from a mile away.
There is absolutely nothing redeemable with The Giant Mechanical Man. It's a paint by numbers film that doesn't venture past your usual indie romcom structure to make it standout. One…
I hate when movies force resolution.
This was a sweet, predictable, little story about two likeable people. It didn't break any rules or shock anyone, but it was really nice and well done and I would probably date the female personification of Chris Messina's acting.
He's just so good in everything he's in. Even the Mindy Project. I read something the other day about Mindy Kaling being the worst part of her own show and I realized it was completely true. She's not even bad. I like that show. I like her. Just all the other characters are stronger and the actors do a ton with a little. I think that has a lot to do with Chris Messina.
Anyways. They tried to ruin the movie with scenes during the credits and it almost worked, but I didn't let it because I started typing this and thinking of all that Messina jibberjabber.
I don't know why but I really like this film. The chemistry between Fischer and Messina I think makes it worth viewing.
I don't care how good your intentions are. You can't lead out your leads by low-key likeability while beating every single support character over our head with overwritten garbage. It doesn't make me root for the leads. It makes me wanna kill the leads for not killing their so-called friends/family/partners.
The Giant Mechanical Man has tiny moments and glimpses of what this could have been, but the sloppy support characters makes it impossible to enjoy them. While creating a somewhat realistic little love story squarely placed within both character trying to come to terms with their offbeat course in life at the moment, the writer/director Lee Kirk does his very best to keep every surrounding situation as unrealistic and annoying…
Hey Topher Grace is still alive
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.
Pam is stepping out on Jim.
90 MINUTE LONG COMMERCIAL BREAK
"The Giant Mechanical Man" is a mind-bogglingly passionless affair, a dull and insipid romantic comedy vying for your appreciation and trying to sell itself to audiences of independent cinema. It has almost all the ingredients you'd come to expect from generic comedies with lazy attempts at being lighthearted and crowd-pleasing. But the overall toneless- and glaringly obvious low ambition of the film makers makes this a slog to watch.
Working with an anemic script, Jenna Fischer tries to bring some life in to the lifeless proceedings. Insipid hunk Chris Messina (that by the way might be one of the most shapeless and bland actors I've seen in a long time) brings a little charm to…
The first thought that crossed my mind after finishing this movie was that it's simplistic hipster wish fulfillment and, in reflection, this impression hasn't changed all that much. It takes the romantic comedy and marries it to the aimless thirty-something flick, the kind where the lost introvert is surrounded by moronic and/or pushy optimists, producing a not totally unlikable hybrid that would be a lot more appealing if it were populated with real people. Other than the main characters, of course: the quirky couple to be are almost always fleshed out in these things. It's everyone else who appears to be constructed of cardboard. Said couple are portrayed by Chris Messina, a street performer, and Jenna Fischer, an unemployed temp…
Went to Instantwatcher.com and clicked random movie in Independent films. This is what I got.
Had a sweet ending. Some interesting stuff in the middle--but then again It's a fucking romantic comedy and that's rarely ever a good thing.