This past week, our cable box has been down. It was kind of nice, Little Miss and I were able to take a break from the TV and enjoy playing a lot together. However, last night I had an awful headache and just wanted to lay on the couch. Fortunately, I remembered we had The Big Year!
I wasn’t expecting much, but I put it in for something that we could watch today. This movie was much better than I thought it would be. It’s funny, but it also has a great storyline.
All-time champ Kenny Bostick (Owen Wilson) is a legendary name in the birding game, and this year he’s trying to beat his own record–but retired CEO Stu Preissler (Steve Martin) and slovenly upstart Brad Harris (Jack Black) are determined to topple the colorful and ruthless Bostick from his, er, perch. The movie’s at its best when charting the movements of these obsessed enthusiasts in the wild, as they scramble from Alaska to Arizona to New Jersey in pursuit of their goal.
In addition to watching these men compete to find the most birds, you also see how it affects their personal lives. It brings up the question of what it actually means to win, and is the cost sometimes too great?
Little Miss and I both enjoyed the birds you get to see throughout the film. According to her, there weren’t enough birds! I also liked that there was very little cursing (especially since I was watching it with Little Miss)! This is a great film to watch with the family.
** I received a copy of this movie for review purposes. No other compensation was received.