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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 :-)
Watching this film you know exactly where it's going, how everything is going to turn out and it's nothing new but I didn't care because this really struck a cord with me. This film totally gets it. It understands what it's like to feel completely lost in life and how ridiculous life's little rules are when you step back and think. It understands that following your dreams or living the way you want to isn't all that easy and people will get in the way, constantly drag you down and attempt to mould you into someone you don't want to be. It understands that at the core of it all, the world is a depressing place when you're stuck in…
Adorbs. Netflix knows me so well.
For when you're feeling down and out, as if no one understands you, and you don't know who you are anymore. This movie makes you feel alive again and not alone. It will make you laugh, cry, relate and cheer.
a zoo...chris messina...great chemistry and a cute and real story...what more do you need
all love stories should be set in a zoo
i want to cry™
Un très charmant petit film, qui réussit selon moi le petit miracle de faire un film simple sur des gens simples, mais en parlant de choses pas si simples. Kirk réussit également a inclure un humour très drôle, mais en sourdine, ce qui ne contraste pas trop avec le style naturaliste du film et son humeur grisâtre. Topher Grace est vraiment hilarant, réussissant a en faire juste assez pour nous faire rire ou sourire, mais pas trop pour que le personnage perde toute crédibilité. tout le rest de la ditribution est également excellente. Une petite perle de film!
An average but surprisingly nice looking (especially since its in Detroit?) romcom with some faces I wish I saw more often in movies. Surprisingly Topher Grace is a highlight in a douchey role, which may be his niche now. Malin Akerman is a better version of Cameron Diaz, in this and in general. Nothing to write home about, but above average for the genre.
maybe i would have liked this movie better if i didn't feel like shit
anyway, chris messina and jenna fischer are cute
Chris Messina, in grey metallic make-up, grey metallic suit and grey metallic bowler hat. Popping and locking. On stilts. A spectacle that on its own should be enough to make The Giant Mechanical Man a treat for the ages; nevermind the rest of its all-star cast, and lovely use of location*. Sadly, the direction isn't distinctive enough to elevate a perfunctory script, ending up wasting the aforementioned assets, in all their grey metallic glory.
(*) Speaking of: apparently, Detroit in the early 2010's was a demographically homogeneous city, completely devoid of urban decay.
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