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Editor's NoteThree fanatical bird-watchers (Steve Martin, Owen Wilson, Jack Black) spend an entire year competing to spot the highest number of species as El Nino sends an extraordinary variety of rare breeds flying up into the U.S., but they quickly discover that there are more important things than coming out on top of the competition. Director David Frankel (THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, MARLEY AND ME) teams with screenwriter Howard Franklin to adapt author Mark Obmascik's 1998 book of the same name.
The Big Year - Blu-Ray DVD Review
By: Sherry Lipp Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 2/9/2012 5:13 PM
|The Big Year stars Steve Martin, Owen Wilson, and Jack Black as bird watchers on a quest to spot the most species of birds in North America in a single year. This informal competition amongst birders is known as a “Big Year.” The pursuit the three men embark on serves as both an escape from real life and as an allegory for it. The men are all dissatisfied with their lives in some way. Being the best at something is their way of filling the void. Each of them has the need to accomplish something and to be recognized for it. It’s an easy concept to relate to. Unfortunately, The Big Year fails to generate any real passion for its subject. It’s an interesting premise with a great trio of comedic actors, but the film is neither truly poignant nor consistently funny....read the full review|
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