Brigsby Bear (2017)

Director: Dave McCary

Writer: Kevin Costello, Kyle Mooney (Screenplay)

Starring: Kyle Mooney, Claire Danes, Mark Hamill, Greg Kinnear, Matt Walsh, Micheala Watkins, Jane Adams


Plot: Brigsby Bear Adventures is a children’s TV show produced for an audience of one: James. When the show abruptly ends, James’s life changes forever, and he sets out to finish the story himself.

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes


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Verdict: Delightful Charming


Story: Brigsby Bear starts as we meet James (Mooney) a young man living in an underground bunker with his parents Ted (Hamill) & April (Adams), he is learning advance maths with his only entertainment coming from a children’s show Brigsby Bear.

This world comes crashing down when the police invade the compound rescuing James who doesn’t even know the truth about his life, Detective Vogel (Kinnear) had been leading the investigation, but he must let James’s real parents Greg (Walsh) & Louise (Watkins) guide him in the real world. In the real world Brigsby Bear doesn’t exist though, making James the only person to have ever seen the show.

James decides to try and continue the story of Brigsby Bear by introducing him to the world as he searches for his place in the world that he has never experienced before.


Thoughts on Brigsby Bear


Characters – James was raised in an underground bunker away from the world with only one show to keep him occupied. James learns the world for the first time as a young adult, he only wants to continue the show which gains a cult following on the internet, learning to be part of the world is the hardest part for James. Greg and Louise are the parents that spent 25-years looking for James and must adapt to the fact he has only known one life growing up. Ted is the man that kept James in the bunker, he and his wife kidnapped a baby of James raising him for themselves. Emily is the doctor that is trying to help James through his problems, she tries to push him to escape his illusion of that world. Detective Vogel is the lead investigator on the case and is open to accepting the problems in James’ views of the world.

PerformancesKyle Mooney is fantastic in this leading role, he has the innocence about his character with the idea of not knowing where he should be in the world too. Greg Kinnear is good as the detective with a heart and no backstory too. The rest of the cast are good as they never take the spotlight of Mooney’s performance.

StoryThe story follows one young man thrown into the world after years of being kept captive by a couple learning everything he did know was in fact fake. The only way James can continue in this new world would be to continue the Brigsby story because he simply isn’t prepared for what the world has to offer. This shows how people can focus on one thing in life to make sure they can get through times of need and just how important the creative process is.

ComedyThe comedy in this movie is charming and entertaining throughout working with the dramatic side of the story.

SettingsThe film doesn’t have any iconic settings but the places we find the story unfolding are hugely entertaining and important to James learning the world.

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The Movie.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The help James gets seems almost non-existent.

Final ThoughtsThis is a delightfully charming movie that entertains throughout. We have a story that does keep us happy throughout.


Overall: Must watch delight.





You’ve Got Mail (1998)

youveDirector: Nora Ephron

Writer: Nora Ephron, Delia Ephron (Screenplay) Miklos Laszlo (Play)

Starring: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Greg Kinnear, Parker Posey, Jean Stapleton, Steve Zahn, Heather Burns


Plot: Two business rivals who despise each other in real life unwittingly fall in love over the Internet.


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Verdict: Charming Romantic Comedy


Story: You’ve Got Mail starts as we see two complete strangers Joe Fox (Hanks) and Kathleen Kelly (Ryan) who chat online every night even though they are both involved in relationships with Patricia (Posey) and Frank (Kinnear). The two set up the rule of not knowing anything about the personal lives of each other and remain friends in New York City.

Kathleen owns a small book shop that is going to have a giant book shop open around the corner from it, Fox Books which just so happens to be run by Joe. When the two business rivals meet the tension between begins but when the two mail each other they still think they are talking to just any stranger.

When the truth comes out the love they feel towards each other online must go against the hatred they have for each other in real life.


Thoughts on You’ve Got Mail


StoryThe old story of falling in love with someone you have never met through conversation. The idea of not knowing who you are chatting to makes this story have this extra spark. We do get a smaller story about business how small family businesses can be closed by dominating force. I will say this story has now become outdated because of the next level of technology but the fantasy idea still works wonders for this film.

Comedy/RomanceThe romantic side of this story is all good showing how you could fall in love with someone you least expect. We do get small laughs throughout the film without them overshadowing the romantic story.

Characters/PerformanceJoe was the new age business man, he does care about people outside of work but is happy to squash them when it comes to business. Kathleen was one of the dying breed of shopkeepers who cares about their customers offering them the best service in New York. We do have supporting characters who are mostly all involved to advise our Joe and Kathleen.

This film has two brilliant performance from Hanks and Ryan who showed they have excellent chemistry together and you can see that in the romantic or the arguing scenes. I do think everyone else does everything they need to do working with the leads.actors

SettingsLooking in the settings we are have New York which is perfect choice because we get to see how small business would suffer next to the big store, it also plays into the effects of meeting someone even in the busy streets.

Final ThoughtsThis is easily one of the most enjoyable romantic comedies you will have seen, it is accessible for all and will bring a smile to your face.


Overall: Sit back and enjoy this sweet charming love story.




Heaven is for Real (2014)

logoDirector: Randall Wallace

Writer: Randall Wallace, Chris Parker (Screenplay) Todd Burpo, Lynn Vincent (Book ‘Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back’)

Starring: Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Thomas Haden Church, Connor Corum, Lane Styles, Margo Martindale, Jacob Vargas


Plot: A small-town father must find the courage and conviction to share his son’s extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world.


Verdict: Touching Drama


Story: We follow a preacher whose family is struggling financial when his son suddenly his son becomes sick. After his son recovers he tales the story of how he had visited heaven. We follow as he questions everything he thought he knew as he learns more about his son’s story.

What makes this an amazing story is that it is based on the real account of the young boy. It also doesn’t try to force feed you religion which it could easily have done. This will leave you with that happy fuzzy feeling as it does leave you wondering what you want to believe. Even if you don’t believe in a religious figure you will like the idea of the unexplained during a new death experience. (8/10)


Actor Review


Greg Kinnear: Todd Burpo local preacher, fireman, gym teacher and father whose starting to lose his faith after suffering health issue and after his son gets sick. When his son starts telling him about his trip to heaven he is left to question even more but will he let his faith take over. Good performance from Greg who manages to give us enough to question through his decision as the film unfolds. (8/10)


Kelly Reilly: Sonja Burpo wife and mother who has to worry about the bills and her family’s health. She tries to be the voice of reason until she gets swayed. Good performance as the wife supporting everything no matter how hard things are getting. (7/10)


Connor Corum: Colton Burpo the young boy who has the experience and ends up shocking his family with his tale of heaven and all its wonders. Good performance from the young boy who manages to convince of with his childhood innocents. (7/10)


Support Cast: Comprised with family and friends who joined together to support the family in their time off need. (7/10)


Director Review: Randall Wallace – Creates a nice adaptation of a tale of what you want to believe with the afterlife. (7/10)


Drama: Great usage of the drama side of the story as we follow all the real emotions the characters are feeling after each event. (9/10)

Settings: Each setting is used well to carry on the story with all the location being very real everyday places for the family. (8/10)

Suggestion: It is always good to enjoy a film where you question what you want to believe and this is being based on a true event makes it all the more interesting, but if you are not a fan of that type of film you might find this hard to watch. (Try It)


Best Part: Heaven is beautifully created.

Worst Part: Could be seen to be religious film.

Funniest Scene: What Colton asks the angels to sing.

Believability: The story is based on a real event, but whether it really happened is up to you. (8/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $101 Million

Budget: $12 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

Tagline: Unlock the mystery


Overall: Solid Drama About Faith

Rating 73

Robots (2005)

logoDirector: Chris Wedge, Carlos Saldanha

Writer: David Lindsay-Abaire, Lower Ganz, Babaloo Mandel (Screenplay) Ron Mita, Jim McClain, David Lindsay-Abaire (Story)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Mel Brooks, Amanda Bynes, Jennifer Coolidge, Paul Giamatti, Greg Kinnear, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Dianne Wiest, Robin Williams


Plot: Rodney Copperbottom (McGregor) dreams of becoming a world famous inventor and work for world famous inventor Bigweld (Brooks). Once Rodney gets to the big city he discovers his dreams won’t happen after new tyrant Ratchet (Kinnear) has taken over Bigweld industries. Ratchet has plans to stop repairing robots and only offer expensive upgrades from recycled robots. Rodney teams up with some other old robots including Fender (Williams) Piper (Bynes) and an executive from Bigweld Cappy (berry) to bring back Bigweld and happiness in the robot world.


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Unlikely Heroes

Verdict: A nice film about believe in your dreams

Story: A nice story showing how it doesn’t matter where you have come from you can achieve something that you believe in. It also tells how inspiration can come from places you would never look before. It looks at the idea that a lot of humans would like to change things about them when they are fine the way they are and makes the point about how we are commercialising it. (9/10)


Character Review: Rodney Copperbottom – Idealistic young robot who is naïve in the big world but soon learns that he can change it all for the good. Very likeable character that is Mr serious to Fender Mr laughs. (9/10)


Character Review: Fender – Wise cracking, quick talking robot who is about to break down somehow ends up taking Rodney along with him. If any animated character has ever been better cast than Robin Williams I will be very surprised. Comic Relief Award, Smooth Talker Award, Funniest Character Award (9/10)


Character Review: Cappy – Helps track down Bigweld and becomes a love interest for Rodney. Is a more serious character but drowned out do to the many laughs Fender and Piper get. (7/10)


Character Review: Bigweld – Inspirational inventor whose ideas made Rodney the robot he grew up to be. After being pushed out of his company becomes a bit of a recluse before coming to help bring back his company. Good leader and very well voiced by Mel Brooks. (8/10)


Character Review: Piper – The awkward teenage robot who gets embarrassed easily and gets a crush on Rodney. Even though it is a smaller role Piper gets just as many laughs Fender. Scene Stealer Award, They Have the Laughs Award (9/10)


Character Review: Ratchet – Evil tyrant who takes over Bigweld and along with his mother wants to take out all the damaged and old robots for new shiny models. Good villain shows signs of weakness throughout but also shows his greed and power hungry side. (8/10)


Director Review: Chris Wedge, Carlos SaldanhaFollowing up Ice Age these two directors show how much skill they have in this animated genre. (9/10)


Comedy: Some very good laughs and reference to other films and robot stories. (9/10)

Animation: Brilliant animation creating a couple of whole robot cities. (10/10)

Chances of Tears: Happy ending may make you dwell up a bit. (4/10)

Settings: Brilliant robot world using robot abilities in everyday items in and around cities. (9/10)

Oscar Chances
: Faced stiff competition and didn’t get nominated but was better than Shark Tale and Shrek 2 that did get nominated.

Chances of Sequel: Made enough money for a sequel but never been talked about, it could have a sequel the options are there.

Suggestion: A family film that could appeal to all, it has plenty of jokes for everyone both young and adult. It seems to be an animated film many people have forgotten and it would be one I would be suggesting to people from now on. (Watch)


Best Part: Domino scene.

Funniest Scene: Fender breaks out and starts dancing during a fight.

Favourite Quote: Rodney ‘This is our moment to shine, to show them what we’re made of.’ Fender ‘In my case it’s a rare metal called afraidium.’

Similar Too: Despicable Me, Ice Age


Overall: Great Family animated film


Rating 85