By Myla Tosatto
Sure, Wilson is a comedy-just not a feel-good comedy. You will laugh. A lot. But you will also squirm, groan and generally feel uncomfortable because of Woody Harrelson’s titular character. If you go in knowing that, you should enjoy this movie. We probably all have a “Wilson” in our lives. Someone who is smart, yet annoying, loud, obnoxious, grouchy . . . If you are lucky, your “Wilson” will be as charismatic as Woody Harrelson (I have never been that lucky). Mr. Harrelson and the other leads (Laura Dern, Judy Greer, and Isabella Amara) are great in this character study. It’s a marvelous little indie to start the spring season of movie going!
Wilson is based on a graphic novel by Daniel Clowes, who also wrote the screenplay. Literally, the graphic novel and movie are identical in spots. This is great if you are a fan of the original source material or you are someone like me coming into it fresh and now want to read the graphic novels. Wilson is not a movie for young kids. It is rated R. There are adult situations and lots and lots of bad language. It would be a great movie for indie flick lovers, graphic novel lovers, and Woody Harrelson lovers.
Like I said, Wilson is not a feel-good comedy, but it is a story of redemption. As Laura Dern’s Pippi says, “Maybe we don’t have to be miserable forever.” Those are good words to live by for Wilson and those of us with a “Wilson” in our lives. Be sure to pay heed to this cautionary tale of a life led looking for connections and human interactions and finding little.
Woody Harrelson stars as Wilson, a lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged misanthrope who reunites with his estranged wife (Laura Dern) and gets a shot at happiness when he learns he has a teenage daughter (Isabella Amara) he has never met. In his uniquely outrageous and slightly twisted way, he sets out to connect with her.
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