The Biggest Little Farm (2018)


“This all started with a promise that we would leave the big city and build a life in perfect harmony with nature.” – John Chester

Number of Times Seen – 1 (22 Oct 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A documentary filmmaker and his wife try to create a workable farm outside of Los Angeles.

My Take on it – This is a film that I heard much premise for and was quite interested in seeing what it was all about.

Unfortunately, I was quite bored while watching this movie because despite it’s seemingly interesting premise, it drags along much too slowly and doesn’t find a way to be more enjoyable.

The story itself is a fascinating one that if handled better could have been much more captivating yet they constantly fail to find a way to connect the viewer to everything that is transpiring throughout the story.

The film tries much too hard to make things more poignant but overall, they just aren’t convincing enough in their explanations of how this kind of living can be such a satisfying labor of love.

The story doesn’t play out very well and despite its relatively short run time, they never quite find their mark as they seek ways to keep things much more interesting and captivating from start to finish.

The film focuses too much on many of the agricultural issues and fail to find a way to make these issues become more relevant to the viewer as things move along.

Bottom Line – Interesting premise that drags along too much.  What could be a fascinating story comes across as being quite dull and boring as the story moves along. They try too hard to make the viewer care abut this kind of living yet, they aren’t convincing enough that this kind of labor is worth doing in the end. The way that the story plays out doesn’t work well enough to stay captivating even for the relatively short run time of this film and fails to be impactful in any way.  They focus too much on the agricultural issues that these farmers face yet don;t manage to find a way to keep things more enjoyable and intriguing as things move along.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Won Audience Award at the AFI Film Festival in the category of American Independents. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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