Monday, August 4, 2014

MINI-REVIEW: Wish I Was Here

Wish I Was Here

Zach Braff, Kate Hudson


July 18, 2014 (LIMITED)

Zach Braff

Focus Features

1 hour 47 minutes



Ten years is a long time in terms of making a follow up to a very popular film.  Zach Braff back in 2004 made "Garden State," which I personally believe is one of the best films of the last decade.  When it was announced that Braff had started a Kickstarter page for a new film project of his, I couldn't have been more excited.  Here we are now, a year later, and Braff's directorial follow-up  "Wish I Was Here" is out in the open for public eyes to see.  I won't lie by saying that Braff has made another masterpiece, because this movie isn't.  The film can be a bit too schmaltzy at times and it features a few characters who honestly have no real purpose of being there.  However when the emotions hit, they hit something near and true.  I liked all of the characters because I felt like I knew these people.  It might have been because Braff's family is a Jewish family and I got all of the Jewish lingo, but who knows.

I don't know if I would watch "Wish I Was Here" again, but I will say that it did not disappoint despite some obvious flaws presented in it.  Overall, if you're a fan of "Garden State," I will say that this movie is a major step down from it.  As its own thing, though, "Wish I Was Here" is a funny, sweet, and heartfelt movie that, despite its flaws, is something I would recommend seeing.  The acting is top-notch, the story is sweet, and there are some moments in here that will put a genuine smile on your face.  Hopefully Zach Braff doesn't wait another decade to direct another film, because he is a really talented director and somebody I think people would go back to see.


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