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.
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…
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.
Likeable cast, but too many familiar components to stand out from the romantic comedy genre.
This was a very unusual, atypical kind of film. The first thing I noticed was the amount of still shots. Usually, films that take place in New York City have aerial shots of the city, but this film just had still shots of the side of the city. Without showing snow or any people in jackets, you could still tell from the very beginning that the whole film took place in winter. The camera work throughout the movie was very simple but different. one shot I particularly liked was the shot of Jenna Fischer (Janice) going up the escalator. I thought that shot was very unique; I've never seen something like that before. The whole film itself was very simple;…
In what is presumably a bid to get more people to be interested in this film, here in Denmark this is called "Love in Detroit". Not "Forelskelse i Detroit", which would be a loose translation of that, but actually the English words. Renaming films has always been a pet peeve of mine that the Danes in particular are terrible at doing. The message here is "dumb it down enough so that Danes know what is in the box". In most cases the original title is MUCH better and here it is too.
The film itself is not what I expected, but I did like it. Not enough to rave about it. Enough to say the two leads were good in…
The struggle between art and commerce has been called the eternal conflict of the artist, and it is one of the primary concerns of The Giant Mechanical Man. The film presents Jenna Fischer with a choice of two creative men with different outlooks on art. Chris Messina is the title character who is a performance artist with the utmost integrity. His robot refuses to stoop to breakdancing moves that would bring him a larger audience and fill his tip jar, because he has a message with his art. Topher Grace, his romantic rival, is a prolific author that has written about topics he has no actual knowledge of and demonstrates his disdain for his audience by pandering to the lowest…
This movie is as charming and unassuming as its two protagonists. I thought it was absolutely terrific. Not Oscar-terrific, but perfect for a light, evening watch or rainy day fun.
I'll admit that romantic comedies aren't really my thing but I will say that this is definitely one of the best that I've seen from the genre. And ultimately that is due to its incredibly charming two leads, Jenna Fischer and Chris Messina. The two of them are both likable and relatable and share a great chemistry with each other. That's really the key to this genre; when the lead couple is so good that we want them to be together and these two hit that mark perfectly.
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