- Don Ford
Don Reviews "Brigsby Bear"
It has been well documented on our show that there are certain shows on TV that I just have to watch, like “The Simpsons” (I have literally seen every episode), “24,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “The Following,” and even shows like “60 Minutes”. But when some of my favorite show ends, I feel like a part of me goes with it. (You should have seen me when they announced the finales of “24” and “Sons of Anarchy”.)
“Brigsby Bear” is the new film directed by Dave McCary (Toast, 420 Disaster). Starring Kyle Mooney (Zoolander 2, Neighbors 2), Mark Hamill (Star Wars, Man Down), Claire Danes (Homeland, Temple Grandin), Greg Kinnear (As Good as it Gets, You’ve got Mail), Andy Samberg (Hot Rod, Hotel Transylvania), Ryan Simpkins (A Single man, Pride & Glory), Matt Walsh (Ted, Due Date), and Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (The Land, Shot), it is based around James (Mooney) who is a huge fan of the show “Brigsby Bear”. When the show gets cancelled abruptly, James goes on a mission to try to do a “Brigsby Bear” film and end the series in the right way.
This has an independent look, which is not a bad thing. There are some beautiful nature scenes and some great sets and props. When it comes to the acting, I thought it was good overall, with Mooney doing good work for a different style of film than we expect from what he has done in the past. The rest of the cast does well in the acting, with you expect with Hamill & Danes, but I do have to give a shout out to Lendeborg Jr., who adds some much with the relationship on screen with Mooney.
On the plot, I have to be very careful here in order to be spoiler free. I did like the plot overall even though there are a few things that I thought was a little overboard. There are some great twists through the film (especially in the first quarter of the film), which I did like with a great of drama and comedy in the film. The film flows well and really doesn’t drag, but be aware that are some adult situations and humor in this film. The film does touch many sensitive subjects in a good way, so I will recommend this film as a twilight showing in the theaters.
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