Title: Wish I Was Here Director: Zach Braff Year: 2014 Run time: 1hr 46m
“Aidan Bloom, a struggling actor, father and husband, who at 35 is still trying to find his identity; a purpose for his life. He struggles to come to terms with his father’s inevitable death, whilst begrudgingly home schooling his children.”
1:13 - Beautiful sunlight through the trees. I need to spend a bit of time with nature, I think. 3:13 - “Who drives a yellow Hummer?” 6:37 - They give out trees in pots? It’s like Groot! 11:06 - “This is particularly mysterious.” 12:00 - First instance of Twitter trolling depicted in a movie? 14:11 - “A blogger never rests.” 19:58 - There being no pamphlet there may be my favourite thing ever. 22:38 - You can’t storm off with massive muppet feet on. 29:13 - That’s the thing about homeschooling I don’t really get, how to deal with different ages. 30:41 - Levar Burton does have a calming effect. 34:55 - I really like these two as a couple, I hope they make it. 37:47 - Rabbi on a Segway. 45:14 - “You think you should have changed chapters by now, but you can’t.” 59:00 - I don’t get churches for their purpose, but do see the awe of the incredible architecture. 1:05:43 - “Can I offer you some saline?” 1:17:13 - Like the concept of wanting to remember something a certain way, regardless of what happened. 1:19:42 - Random crew member number one. 1:26:38 - The swear jar! I liked him carrying that around. 1:31:47 - Laughing and crying. Beautiful stuff.
This was a complete surprise. I’m always a bit nervous going into a movie that’s written, directed and starring the same person - because those kinds of labours of love can be hit or miss. This one had the extra slightly dubious claim to fame of being a Kickstarter funded movie - something even Hollywood didn’t want to go near.
But I have no idea why they wouldn’t because it was brilliant. Genuinely funny and heartwarming, a real family drama with strong characters, incredible emotions and a real journey of a story. The kids were great, too, the perfect combination of naive and cynical-far-too-young.
There was the occasional odd dream-scene moment which I didn’t quite get on board with, and the religion side of it went over my head when they went into details, but you didn’t really need any specialist knowledge to enjoy what was a brilliant story, a great film. Also, there was a rabbi on a Segway. You have to watch.