A list of films compiled from every response to "What Have You Been Watching" on r/TrueFilm in 2015. To see…
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 :-)
Predictable but with endearing characters.
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.
Seen as "Love is in the Air" - the story is pretty ordinary but Jenna Fischer holds the film together very well.
Topher Grace steals the show as a douchebag pickup artist.
This is one of the most cheesiest films I've ever seen and honest to God, I think I just fell in love while watching this.
a film that has plenty of heart and charm and with two lead that play good and believable role is a fairly good watch and lightly heartwarming and fun. I definitely liked this film for its sincerity and heart.
This is a movie with a lot of really charming actors being really charming at each other. It is thoroughly enjoyable to watch and I recommend it. I do wish that the end hadn't relied on a totally stupid "misunderstanding" moment that really didn't make sense with either character and made particularly the male lead seem much less sympathetic... but if you can ignore that ten minutes or so, it's pretty great.
Really solid rom-com with good performances from Messina and Fisher.
Every film watched in 2015, including re-watches.
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