What I ended up being by the end of the movie however was surprised… pleasantly surprised. THE BIG YEAR wasn’t the horrific comedy that I thought it would be, but is instead an almost endearing dramedy about appreciating your life and living it to the fullest while you still can. That likely sounds hokey, but that’s what I got out of this film about three strangers with one similar and yet very different goal.
As I previously mentioned, I’m really not Jack Black’s biggest fan. So when I say that I actually enjoyed his performance in this film, for me, that’s a big deal. Owen Wilson was still not my favourite person in this film, but his character was meant to not really be likeable in a lot of ways… although THE BIG YEAR does a good job of giving Wilson’s character a back-story that people can relate to. The rest of the supporting cast does a really great job as well, but my favourite person in the film has to be John Cleese, who is never on-screen but instead narrates the film in a David Attenborough nature show kind of way.
The Deleted Scenes for THE BIG YEAR impressed me yet again. Usually I find that these features are a waste of disc space and I don’t really give a crap about any of them. Such was not the case with these deleted scenes. This was a fun set of extras that I felt actually added something to the film as a whole. Obviously there are always one or two scenes that were deleted because they just suck, but the majority of them were enjoyable additions to the film.
The Gag Reel is the weakest of these special features, but it still manages to be mostly amusing to watch. Not much of it is laugh out loud funny, but it’s enjoyable enough to watch and doesn’t go on too long.
Oh, and bonus points for the person who put the soundtrack together and included the song “I Like Birds” by The Eels. Kudos!