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The Big Year

In 20th Century Fox’s newest release on DVD, Steve Martin, Owen Wilson, and Jack Black star as three men who decide to participate in the bird-watching event of the year – The Big Year.  Every year birdwatchers of the world try to see as many native North Americans birds that than can in a single calendar year.  The winner is considered the best birder in the nation.  Each man is at a different place in his life; one is retiring, one is having a mid-life crisis, while the other is just getting started in life.  These three men compete with each other to see as many birds as they possibly can for this prestigious yearlong event.  Each man will discover what he is willing to give up in life to be the best.  Whether it is jobs, family, or friends, they will discover what the true cost of following their dream will be.

Directed by David Frankel (Marley and Me, Devil Wears Prada) the movie pays great homage to the sport and hobby of bird watching or birding.  It is a low-key comedy that is well-paced and easy to watch.  Engaging and enlivened by likeable characters and an original plot, The Big Year is an enjoyable movie for those looking for a good film about following your dreams.  It is a very calm movie for the likes of Martin, Wilson, and Black who are usually known for out of this world comedies, though each actor gives a solid performance.  If you love bird watching you are going to love this movie as it shows what birding is really all about.  The never ending chases to find the needle in the haystack with the rare conclusion of success.  There are also some really beautiful birds in this picture, which there would have to be for a film like this.

The script is good, as each man gets to know each other and themselves a little better as the year progresses.  It is not entirely as memorable as the unique plot of birding.  The performances are not entirely memorable as well as this comedy leans heavily on drama, but it is still a good movie. Although it can be rather corny and at times sentimental, this colorful “drama-edy” is interesting mostly because it is about a topic that many of us moviegoers no little to nothing about.  The Big Year is definitely a movie that your grandfather would really enjoy, as it is as mild as can be.  Altogether birds of a feather will adore this picture that is about as exciting as watching the birds migrate.

About Shanna Wilson

My name is Shanna Wilson and I was born in Houston, TX and I have lived here all my life. I am an only child and I fell in love with movies at a young age. The first movies I can remember watching over and over again were The Muppet Movie, The Apple Dumpling Gang, and Bed-knobs and Broomsticks. I am a daughter of a die hard Trekkie (he says Trekker) and science fiction fan and some of my earliest memories are of watching Captain Kirk and Spock on the big screen. I enjoy all different genres of movies and some of my favorites are Pirates of the Caribbean, Shrek, almost every Pixar movie, just about everything Tim Burton does, and so many others it would take an eternity to list them all. I am a huge fan and advocate of stop-motion animation films like Coraline and Corpse Bride. I also love old movies and musicals and I enjoy writing about those as well. It is thrilling to know I will get the chance to explore these favorites and add some new ones to the list through this blog. In high school I worked for Loews and Sony Theaters my junior and senior year. In college I worked for Blockbuster Video for about four years and had a blast working around movies again. I started writing movie reviews recently and I have enjoyed writing and learning all about one of my favorite things. I am very close to both of my parents and our beloved pets (Josie the miniature dachshund and Sydney the cockatiel). I love spending time on the computer, shopping with my mom, and going to the movie theater with my dad. I collect movie memorabilia including autographed 8x10s of my favorite actors and actresses. Along with movies, I also like to learn about the world around me especially history, different cultures, and wildlife. I am looking forward to communicating with other film critics and fans. I really take pleasure in sharing my love of the silver screen with other people. Please feel free to drop me a line, I would love to correspond with you.

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