So, just a heads up. This specific review was originally written at a time when I didn’t count on falling behind on reviews, so my solution was to cram them into a single post. However, I hated the way they turned out, so now I’m putting them into their own reviews. In short, this review is going to be crazy short. With that said, let’s carry on.

Cast: Woody Harrelson (VENOM [2018], WAR/APES [2017], EDGE/17 [2016], HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY 2 [2015], ZOMBIELAND [2009], and upcoming films THE HIGHWAYMAN [2019] and ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP [2019]), Laura Dern (STAR WARS EPISODE VIII [2017], CERTAIN WOMEN [2016], and upcoming films COLD PURSUIT [2019] and LITTLE WOMEN [2019]), Isabella Amara (AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR [2018], SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING [2017], and MIDDLE SCHOOL [2016]), Judy Greer (HALLOWEEN [2018], WAR/APES, TOMORROWLAND [2015], WHAT WOMEN WANT [2000], and upcoming films WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE? [2019] and BUFFALOED [2019]), and Margo Martindale (INSTANT FAMILY [2018], TABLE 19 [2017], and THE HOLLARS [2016])

Director: Craig Johnson (THE SKELETON TWINS [2014])
Writer: Daniel Clowes (wrote the comic)
Composer: Jon Brion (TRAINWRECK [2015], PARANORMAN [2012], and THE OTHER GUYS [2010])
Cinematographer: Ferderick Elmes (PATERSON [2016], BROTHERS [2009], and Micheal Jackson’s MOONWALKER [1988])

This is my honest opinion of: WILSON

 

(SUMMARY)

The story’s about this socially awkward kind of loser, Wilson (Woody Harrelson) who thinks he’s got life figured out, but he’s really annoying to the people around and a general negative-Nelly. He then gets in touch with his ex-wife Pippi (Laura Dern) and finds out the child he thought she aborted is actually alive and well somewhere in the world. Overjoyed, he goes on a search for his long lost daughter Claire (Isabella Amara). He tries to develop a relationship with her while learning about life.

(REVIEW)

It’s alright. Not as good as I was hoping.

Harrelson is usually a reliably great actor, and I’d be lying if there wasn’t some genuinely funny and even touching moments, but Wilson is ass-annoying. Though he usually means well, he’s a little too mean-spirited at times to fully allow me to be invested in him and his struggles. Dern on the other hand is amazing as usual. In fact, Harrelson is at his best when he’s bouncing off of Dern. They’re hilarious together. Amara’s a solid actress, and there’s some pretty decent physical humor, but overall, many of the jokes either fall flat, or it’s a story that has a resolution that you can see coming miles away. It’s not very original and doesn’t really do anything that fresh with its own material. I’m really curious to know how faithful it is to the comic book it’s based on, if it’s a little smarter, funnier, and more poignant, but this movie wasn’t. Not bad, by any means, but just not as good as it might have looked.

My honest rating for WILSON: 3/5

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