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The Big Year directed by David Frankel

A 2011 movie directed by David Frankel.

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Charming , Quirky Feel Good Movie...

  • Dec 26, 2011
Rating:
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You'd think a movie, based on something as low key as birdwatching, would be a tough sell to Hollywood. Folks tramping around remote areas, waiting, watching, sipping from thermoses to catch a glimpse of a single bird, yeah, not real up there on the excitement meter. This film delivers a whole lot of laid back moments and not a single high speed chase. Well… maybe I need to rephrase that, there are no hostage situations or shoot outs.

Scenery and quirky characters abound. Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson are perfectly cast and the acting is spot on. The interaction between characters is stellar and there is a bitter sweetness as each man comes to grip with the uniquely similar obsession to catch sight of elusive birds. Drama, depth of character, quirky editing, this story about men's secret passions and the lengths they will travel to plant a flag on a mountaintop, or a feather on a cap, is entertaining and inspiring. I loved this quirky, charming and character rich film.

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December 26, 2011
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review by . February 13, 2012
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*** out of ****    If you can get past the simplicity and the predictability of the screenplay; "The Big Year" could very well be a fun and entertaining, if not slightly forgettable diversion from the highs and lows of modern cinema. It never quite makes a contribution to either of the two. It exists on the backburner; I imagine it will be forgotten by the ones who admire it as well as the ones who don't. Hell, I liked it; and I can see myself forgetting all about it in a few …
review by . January 09, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
The hubby and I watched The Big Year last night. With a cast that includes Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson, who can resist? It was a decent movie and definitely worth seeing at least once. The acting was great and the plot was well thought out. It wasn't quite as funny as I was hoping for but there were some moments that I couldn't help but chuckle.     Disclosure: I received this movie for free for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own.
review by . October 19, 2011
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Star Rating:         Unless I’m talking about garden variety birds like pigeons, sparrows, crows, turkeys, or chickens, I can say without any hesitation that I know zilch about bird watching – or birding, or whatever it is they call it. That being said, my issue with The Big Year had little to do with my lack of knowledge on the subject. It really had to do with the way the subject was presented. If a film is going to address an esoteric hobby, extra effort …
review by . October 13, 2011
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Review' 'The Big Year' 'Two Jews On Film' Thinks This Comedy Is Definitely For The Birds (Video)
What does a Fork tailed Flycatch, a Yellow Crested Finch and a Pink Footed Goose have in common with Jack Black, Owen Wilson and Steve Martin? They are all in a new comedy called 'The Big Year', directed by David Frankel (Devil Wears Prada)      The Big Year refers to a real life competition where birders (people who are obessed with our feathery friends) race to see, who can spot the most species of birds, within a calender year.      Sounds exciting? …
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