I saw the trailer for this film on an article on IMDb a month or so, and it was really intriguing. I also really liked the cast, so I decided to rent it on VOD. Unfortunately, this film serves as an example of how good editing can make a bad movie look better than it is.
While the premise has endless potential, the film doesn't truly deliver. There are so many subplots going on, and they just become jumbled. They do eventually tie together in the end, but during the film, the cuts between them are confusing. It isn't helped by sudden and random cuts in the middle of scenes during the early part of the film. The film seemed like it would be interesting, and while it wasn't boring, it never had me fully invested in the film, as I was often trying to piece it together. The film also tries to build a sense of wonder, only to destroy it towards the end. The only wonder remaining in the end was confusion do the the numerous plot holes in the script.
The cast is definitely good, but they can only do so much with a damaged script. Gallner has a likable personality, and I think that he adds as much to the film as he possibly could with emotion and humor. I usually love Offerman, but he is given very little to work with. In a few spots, you can see a sliver of his humorous, stolid personality, but the film doesn't give it room to grow. Keegan Michael Key delivers one of the very few funny moments in the film, and it is completely due to his comedic personality. If someone else were cast in that role, it would have been just as lackluster as the rest of the film.
So overall, I was very disappointed with "Welcome to Happiness". A film with so much potential should have been enjoyable, but it really wasn't. It's watchable, but there are few redeeming qualities.
Welcome to Happiness
Big Tuna's Rating: D+
How Did I Watch It?: Digital rental.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: No.
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