Benjamin Maio Mackay
Brigsby Bear - 5 Stars
A remarkable, heart-warming, funny and brilliant piece of cinema.
After 25 years of secluded existence with his protective parents in their isolated, off-the-grid desert home, James is tossed into a new life in relatively daunting Cedar Hills, Utah. As his world upends, the most shocking revelation to James is that he is the only person who has ever watched his favourite television program, “Brigsby Bear Adventures”. Struggling to adjust to his new environment and the show’s abrupt end, he begins to see “Brigsby’s” lessons as his only way to make sense of his new world. James decides to make a movie to finish Brigsby’s story—and re-begin his own.
Kyle Mooney, best known for his SNL work proves his dramatic ability in this excellent film. He co-wrote and starred, and you can clearly see his heart and soul in the film. Mark Hamill, Greg Kinnear, Matt Walsh, Ryan Simpkins and Claire Danes are all also excellent. The story is unique, creative and most importantly it celebrates creativity. The darker tones and themes aren’t ignored, but dealt with appropriately.
Overall a truly surprising masterpiece.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Sony Pictures AU