Rob Reviews "Brigsby Bear"
Reviewing a film like “Brigsby Bear” is very difficult in the manner by which I review films because it is important to me to keep my reviews as spoiler-free as possible. That being said, understand that my take here will be at a “10,000-foot level,” meaning that I have to tell you as little as possible about the film itself to keep its integrity intact.
Kyle Mooney has written the script (along with Kevin Costello) and plays James Pope, who lives in the desert with Ted (Mark Hamill) and April (Jane Adams). He spends most of his time watching his favorite show, “Brigsby Bear,” a children’s program that has captured his imagination for his entire life. When the show is cancelled out of nowhere, James decides to take it upon himself to finish Brigsby’s story.
This is such a different kind of film that it was refreshing to me. Mooney, who is known in the current “SNL” cast for playing kooky, off-beat kinds of characters, channels those talents here and gives James a fun innocence that a character like this requires as the film progresses. His character’s journey to fulfill his dream of closure and completion is well told in a way that hit me where I lived one moment, had me laughing out loud the next, and rooting for him in the moment after that. There is a great supporting cast here as well, but to talk too much about them will give away too much of the heart of this film.
It truly is important to go into “Brigsby Bear” as cold as you possibly can, avoiding any Internet spoilers in any way, shape, or form in order to truly enjoy its story as a whole. Once you see it and enjoy it, also do everyone else a favor and let them experience it in the same spoiler-free manner that hopefully you did as well.