The Big Year-Review

            The Big Year is a competition of traveling the North America in search of the most and rarest birds on the planet; the one individual to capture the most on film within the 365 days is deemed the best bird-watcher in the world. This tale follows three men and their passion to win the title but must juggle and/or sacrifice their normal lives to do so. Stu Preissler (Steve Martin), who started his own successful business as an industrialist, is pressured by his workers-after his second retirement-to return to work and stop the company from falling apart. With the support of his family, Stu refuses and journeys out to win the Big Year. Computer code-writer, Brad Harris (Jack Black) dropped out of graduate school, recently had a divorce, and struggles to gain his father’s approval with his decision to compete. Previous year’s Big Year winner and successful contractor, Kenny Bostick (Owen Wilson) is obsessed and determined to keep his title even if he has to make life-changing sacrifices. He has already sacrificed two marriages and is on the brink of losing his third wife who is desperate to have a family and for Kenny not to compete. Who will win the title?  

Review:            I must say that I rather enjoyed this film more than I thought I would. This film wasn’t really funny with forced jokes and too many clumsy episodes; it was a nice cozy viewing. Sometimes a viewer does not need to have stomach aches from laughter or adrenaline rushes from action and thrillers but a calming film with great messages and quality information. I learned a lot of the different types of birds in the world and that bird watching seems like a great sport. So the film, I love Kenny. He was ambitious, determined, obsessed but not in a jerk-type of way. Sure, he was in the wrong to put the competition before his wife but that drive he brought to the screen was inspiring. I also enjoyed Jack’s character. He has a rare bird talent that was very impressive. Only negative characteristics about Jack’s characters in films I don’t like are why he always have to be clumsy and play a loser stuck at a job he hates gaining him limited respect. I believe Jack can do better than his type-cast. I liked watching Stu finally fulfill his life-long dream to compete and don’t let his work obligation interfere too much as to have him quit. The scenery was beautiful along with the many birds (especially the Snowy Owl) and watching them travel or live in their natural habitat. I love that I took a great message from this film and that’s to follow your dream but don’t let it jeopardize your relationship and obligations to the important people in your life. All in all, I will buy this film on DVD or Blu Ray.

2 thoughts on “The Big Year-Review”

  1. This was a very relaxing and enjoyable film to watch. I never would have thought that bird watching could be interesting but it kept my attention in the film. The only thing I found wrong with your synopsis is that they do not have to capture the birds on film. It’s based on the honor system. They only have to see the birds in the wild.

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