Cert: 15 Runtime: 97 mins Director: Dave McCary Cast: Kyle Mooney, Greg Kinnear, Matt Walsh, Michael Watkins, Ryan Simpkins, Alexa Demie, Jorge Lenferborg Jr, Claire Danes, Jane Adams and Mark Hamill
Indie cinema is thriving this year and Kyle Mooney’s Brigsby Bear is joining the party. It was one of my LFF highlights this year, and one of my 2017 highlights. Since Sundance in January Brigsby Bear has grabbed my attention, and hopefully it will grab your hearts from this weekend. So what is Brigsby Bear all about? The show “Brigsby Bear Adventures” is a children’s television program that captivated the heart of James Pope (Kyle Mooney). When the series abruptly ends, Pope’s life changes forever as he sets out to finish the story-line himself. To do that, he must learn how to cope with the realities of a new world that he knows nothing about.
It truly is important you go into Brigsby Bear as vague as possible! Avoid all Internet spoilers in order to truly enjoy its story as a whole. Once you see it and enjoy it, also do everyone else a favour and let them experience it in the same way. This was the best thing I did going into the film and it makes it even more special for it. Original ideas are slim to none throughout cinema these days, I haven’t heard of a film like this ever in my cinematic life. You may see similarities in some of the story, but when a film can surprise you even in its first act, it’s purely mesmerising. Brigsby Bear’s story feels genuine and real to me, it’s a very moving story in terms of how there would definitely be people like this if certain situations were to present themselves to the world. If you don’t leave the film with hope and faith in humanity you are a robot.
Brigsby Bear is the perfect indie film, well-written, well-directed, scored elegantly, and unique. It may have a short run-time, but it’s to the point at a 97 minutes. It’s such a layered story, it elevates the movie even more upon second and third viewings. Kyle Mooney, who is known for his kooky, off- beat kinds of characters, channels those talents here and gives James a fun innocence that a character like this requires as the film progresses. His character’s journey to fulfil his dream is well told, you go on a roller coaster of emotion with him. There is a great supporting cast here as well, but to talk too much about them will give away too much of the heart of this film.There are few movies in the past that have truly embraced the idea that cinema is a collaborative art form. Perhaps now more than ever, the institution of ‘getting your friends together to make a movie’ is more popular than going to actual film school. Birgsby Bear is a must see!