[dropcap style="font-size: 60px; color: #9b9b9b;"] I [/dropcap] f you missed The Big Year when it launched a few weeks ago you may have to wait for late night TV to see it….it skipped in and out of the theaters faster than anything with which these three comedic geniuses have ever been associated . I can’t imagine why…..bird watching is certainly a big mainstream activity if you watch the demographics…..but do birders go to the movies or even know who these three amigos are? And can you really make an exciting Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World race around the globe with binoculars from chasing the elusive snow owl?
As the disguised string said to the bartender…..I’m a frayed knot.
So let’s ask ourselves if Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson did what they were supposed to do? Were they funny…..not really. Black Idolizes Martin, who is some version of Thomas Crown (Remember the 2 versions of The Thomas Crown Affair – Steve v. Pierce and Faye v. Rene) who can dismiss his financial prowess after years of stellar hedge fund or private equity success. And Wilson is trying to lead a balanced life where birding and impregnating a young pretty wife crowd out such mundane things as managing his investments or making money at all.
There is simply no story and no humor here so save your money and go see anything else instead.