The Big Year (2011)


“[Upon seeing his business associates approaching] Hey, look everyone. Vultures! ” – Stu Preissler

Number of Times Seen – Twice (26 Jan 2012 and 24 Feb 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Three very different men vie for the title of finding the most birds across North America in a given year.

My Take on it – Great story that works even better due to the three lead actors.

Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson are all great in these roles and the story allows us to sympathize with all three of them to a point where we aren’t just rooting for one of them to win.

Each of these characters have great background stories that help propel them along and just as their characters bird watching tally’s are similar, so is the way that the viewer can feel about them since none can be classified as being the a villain.

The supporting cast is also great with JoBeth Williams, Rosamund Pike, Kevin Pollack, Diane Wiest and Bran Dennehey adding so much to the way that this story can feel for each of these characters.

The story is based on a real event and that also adds a lot to things because the actions of these characters resemble real people who actually do these things every year.

The story also does a great job balancing between the three character’s story lines which helps keep things so engaging to watch unfold as the tension rises between these characters and their quest.

John Cleese does a superb job narrating this story in a way that helps make things even more enjoyable and engaging.

Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Steve Martin wrote much of the music in his 2011 album, “Rare Bird Alert” (Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers), while on the set for this movie. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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