I like Woody Harrelson, and despite mixed reviews, I have heard that this film was funny, so I decided to give it a shot. Ultimately, I think that the reviews are being too harsh on this film.
The film is really funny. There were a lot of parts in which I laughed out loud, and I had a smile for most of the film. The film has some moments that are a little insightful, but it never really hits philosophical, instead feeling more endearing. The issue with the writing is in the film's structure. I have never read the source material, but I know enough about it to know that it is a series of vignettes. That is exactly what the film feels like. It is basically a bunch of encounters that the protagonist has with a central theme. It works to be entertaining, but it isn't the most cohesively-written plot. That being said, the protagonist is well-developed, so it is enjoyable to watch his antics.
The film is basically a one-man show for Harrelson. Yes, there are supporting actors, but Harrelson always ends up stealing the scene, which works. The only other actors that have substantial roles are Laura Dern and Isabella Amara, and they are good, but their job is only to accent Harrelson. There isn't really anything that stands out with its cinematic execution, however, it isn't bad in any way. The emphasis in this film is on the writing, not the way in which it is shot.
Overall, I enjoyed "Wilson" a lot. It is episodic, but it is very funny and has an excellent performance from Woody Harrelson.
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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