Guest post by Evan Strange
Bio: I'm an Indianapolitan working in tourism who loves tasty food, live music and just about every type of film.
A lot of times when people – including myself - head to film festivals or watch a really good independent flick, they immediately turn in to something similar to the wine snobs we know too well.
We’ve all seen them.
With their constant swirling, sniffing, and slurping trying to find exactly what type of citrus they smell in their Sauvignon Blanc. Or the type of cattle that produced the leather in the leathery notes of their Malbec.
They will never simply say "man, I just really dig this wine, because well, I dig it."
You get the point.
Under that same medical-exam-like scrutiny, people can get caught up in trying to find a lesson or a reason behind a movie and miss out on what the film actually is – in the case of Somebody Up There Likes Me, just a good, quirky film.
No real lesson or statement, just a progression through 35 years of one man's life and the odd events that occur.
The movie starts off with a bang, as the central character Max walks in on an event that sets the entire film in motion. From that point forward we move through years of his life and watch as he aloofly deals and reacts to the many things thrown at him.
A rendezvous in a shed. Meeting the breadstick-toting love of his life. Luckily inheriting an absurd amount of life changing money. The list goes on.
Suitcase in hand, Max simply goes with the flow of life and really, that’s what makes this movie so intriguing.
If there were a lesson or a point that Austin-based filmmaker Bob Byington left with me it would be this: the only thing in life you can control is your own actions, and even if you make terrible decisions, things could actually turn out decently. Except when you start thinking you’ll live forever.
But really, this film is just about a man on a ride that is life.
This is a terrific movie made even better by the constant presence of Nick Offerman (Ron Swanson on Parks & Recreation), and I urge you to go see it.
Don’t get distracted by trying to find a theme or a lesson as I did. Instead, as one friend told me, “just go with it”.
SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME
Bob Byington 2012
Categories: American Spectrum Features, Closing Night, Featured
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