|BIG SIGNIFICANT THINGS (director/writer: Bryan Reisberg; cinematographer: Luca Del Puppo; editor: Dean C. Marcial; music: Mark Orton; cast: Harry Lloyd (Craig), Krista Kosonen (Ella), Sylvia Grace Crim (Grace), James Ricker II (Travis), Travis Koop (Grant, Peter Cameron (Joel-voice), Elisabeth Gray (Allison-voice), Bess Barna (Sam); Runtime: 85; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Andrew D. Corkin, Daniel-Konrad Cooper; Oscilloscope Pictures; 2014)|
|"A flatly done road trip and
by Dennis Schwartz
indie debut feature by Bryan Reisberg is
a flatly done road trip and self-discovery film. It's
about the nerdy nice guy Craig (Harry Lloyd), a young
looking thirtysomething mysterious
single guy from New Jersey taking a solo Southern
road trip. On the trip Craig takes cell
phone photos in Mississippi of the world’s
largest cedar bucket and the world’s largest rocking
chair. At the inexpensive motel he's staying at, he
buys beers for two under-aged couples, meets in a bar
an unhappy aspiring singer (Krista
Kosonen) from Finland and regularly
calls his girlfriend Allison and older brother Joel.
Allison's in San Francisco to close on the house they
will live in after they are married. Nothing exciting
happens, but Craig seems shaken after kissing his bar
girl. Craig berates himself for cheating on Allison,
and is still fearful of making big life decisions.
That seems to be the story here. It fails to register
as anything significant. The young advertising man
seems a bit flustered and is looking to find answers
about himself on this journey, which I don't think he
finds. There was no suspense, no perils and the people
Craig met were all dull and peaceful. I can't think of
a reason to see the film unless you want to be bored.
If there's anything to compliment it for, it's that
the cheaply made film has excellent production values.
REVIEWED ON 1/21/2016 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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