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.
❤ Chris Messina and Jenna Fischer is always charming :-)
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.
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.
The likability that Messina and Fischer generate for me make this especially disappointing a despite their decent work and chemistry they aren't helped by a script that does little to create interest in why you should care about this relationship and when the central pair aren't together is far too dull and stuffed with generic unlikable characters who are too boring to even hate properly. Grace tries his best but even his character that starts out as quite fun and obnoxious eventually succumbs to everyone else's mediocrity.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The Giant Mechanical Man is an enjoyable romance film despite how heavily cliched it is at times. It's a simple, quiet movie that moves along naturally, allowing the viewer to truly connect with each character. Jenna Fischer pretty much plays Jenna Fischer, but her character is just one of those characters that are easy to watch. Chris Messina delivers another excellent performance in a career full of small, diverse performances, and along with Topher Grace's delightfully hammy performance as motivational speaker/writer Doug help elevate this movie from kind of annoying to genuinely charming. It's not a grand, life changing romance film, but rather a small story told in a small amount of time that you can't help but be charmed by.
For me, at this time in my life, this movie had a lot I could relate to. I don't want the same things as most people around me want. I don't know what I want. But as this movie says...that's okay. I've never been one of those people that know what they want out of life, although I've tried to be. The main character in this movie is very much the same way.
Maybe I find that comforting...comforting that a fictional character has the same struggles as I do. Crazy I know, but it's the realness, the ability to relate.
That's what I found that I love about this film. That's why I love a lot of films. I'm not…
I love this movie. The way the characters evolve and going through with life. So well written and directed really,
There just isn't much meat on this bone. The acting is fine, the sets are fine, the people are fine. Overall the movie was fine, I didn't have a hard time watching it, but there is very little to get excited about. Watching the main characters form a connection was touching.
This film wants you to know that it is very quirky and outsider-y and different and full of heart. It desperately wants you to know that.
It's a fine, middle-of-the-road, characteristically "indie" rom-com. Decent acting, needlessly offbeat premise. The Pinback song that plays during the credits is probably my favorite element.
Sometimes, you need to stay home on a rainy day and watch a movie about loneliness, people, and love.
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