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This week's reviewed movie is:
The Big Year




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The Big Year, based on a true story, is about the lives of birdwatchers.

By the way, they prefer the term birder over birdwatcher.

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 almost interesting.

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.

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