|The Big Year,
based on a true story, is about the lives of
By the way, they prefer the term birder over
It has a big cast with Steve Martin, Jack Black, and
Owen Wilson representing three very different
rivals, competing with each other spotting and
identifying birds all over North America.
This film is a real pleasure and suprise to watch.
There are a few low spots, but not enough from
keeping it a delightful, fun experience.
|Advertised as a comedy,
this is more a movie about man's competitive nature
as three birders going through mid-life crisis
travel North America in The Big Year.
It's a time when every moment counts and every
moment IS a count as numbers, miles, and minor
conflicts continue to rise.
In the end, they do learn what matters most; the
world is a beautiful place and bird watching is
As bland as it sounds.
|The film was inspired by
Mark Obmascik's award-winning 2004 non-fiction book
about competitors in 1998's Big Year, an annual
contest in which birders travel across North America
for 12 months attempting to spot the greatest number
of rare birds.
This movie is a carefully thought out human tale,
and it's really not all about birdwatching.
The flick is about three obsessed personalities,
caught up in compettition, and who all wanted to be
the best at something.