Utter insanity or sheer brilliance, Wilson walks a dangerous line and you never know if the jokes are purposeful.
A lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged man reunites with his estranged wife and meets his teenage daughter for the first time.
Laura Dern is great in this film. That’s the only definite thing I can say. There are some excellent jokes in the first half an hour, but the character of Wilson is so unlikely that you can’t sympathise with him at all. He just disengages the audience. The character’s awkwardness is squeamish and the cringe humour doesn’t help endear the film to the audience. Woody Harrleson is consistent throughout and while he’s an excellent actor, this role is so odd that even he can’t master it. The plot lacks sense, but it doesn’t seem deliberately that strange.
Overall a neurotic film that occasionally entertains.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Palace Nova Cinemas