Shari and I watched “The Big Year” on Netflix DVD last night. Inspired by Mark Obmascik’s nonfiction book of the same name, this movie tells of a trio of competitive bird watchers who vow to win a contest by spotting and recording as many avian species as humanly possible.
We really enjoyed this film. You might not expect that you’ll find a movie about birdwatching to be engaging but it is! This was a very subdued film for Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson. Speaks to friendship, family, priorities and following your bliss. Great supporting cast with faces you haven’t seen for a while like JoBeth Williams. Cool soundtrack too.
This is a much better movie than most movie critics rated it. It isn’t a laugh out loud comedy, but it is a sweet, entertaining, slice of life story. All 3 leads are great in their respective roles.
There also is some great bird photography here.
I recommend this movie and give it five stars.