The Big Year
The only reason I even know this movie exsist is because a list of the 10 biggest flops of last year was being passed around and this movie was on it. Which completely blows my mind, because it is simply amazing. Yes it's true, every single gods damned comedian on the face of the planet is in this thing and they are all unequiviqobly outstanding.
I've been struggling to figure out how to descibe this one, and the best I've come up with is; imagine that the book in Adaptation, The Orchid Thief, was actually about birding. And this is the movie that Adaptation should have been. It's quite literally a love song to birding, but with these amazing, soulful characters. I know personally by the end of the movie, I had fallen in love with birds and these characters.
It's a very strange thing, and I havn't felt it a very long time, to fall so completely in love with a character, let alone an entire cast of characters. But thats what this movie did to me, every single person in this movie feels like a real human being, even Owen Wilson, while stilling doing his arrogant prick Owen Wilson thing is rooted and grounded and the character is a living breathing human being that obviously cares about things. I just yeah, it's hard to describe, but the script is great and everyone in this is bringing thier A-game plus a little more.
It also sort of harkens back to a lot of 80's comedies for me, specifically Christmas Vacation. While there's certainly a lot of very very funny moments, there is also a LOT of heart to this movie. And I think thats the best way to put it really, this movie has an incredible amount of heart to it, a lot more than I've seen in a very long time.
I, yeah, it's just an outstanding, and amazing movie. Easily my favorite Jack Black performance (he's essentially the main character and provides all the voice over narration, and it's beautiful, it really is), Steve Martin is amazing as always, and where Owen Wilsons character ends up by the end is just heartbreaking. And yeah, every one else is amazing.
I'm fairly certain this is a movie everyone here would love, go watch it.