Movie Review: ‘Welcome To Happiness’

Review by Monique Thompson

There’s a magical door in Woody’s closet that allows those who go through it to erase mistakes from their past. When he finds out where it goes, his life will be changed forever.

The synopsis for Welcome To Happiness almost sounds like an animated children’s film, However, don’t be fooled. Welcome To Happiness is an independent film from Minutehand Pictures, directed by Oliver Thompson. After watching the film, I guess the question of what actual genre the film falls in would be one left to ask. The basis of the story is around children’s book author Woody Ward (Kyle Gallner) who seems to be a therapist that invites total strangers into his house and allows them to erase their mistakes from the past by entering a magical door in his closet. Where the door actually leads is questionable but the clients each feel their wrong doing is worth erasing and gamble with the idea of not knowing where the door will take them.

Woody begins to wonder why he hasn’t gotten the opportunity to enter the door himself. While struggling with writer’s block on his latest project, he grows somewhat of a romantic relationship with is neighbor (Olivia Thrilby) who thinks he’s absolutely insane after trying to explain why he keeps having random visits from strangers. The musical selection for the films has somewhat of a hippy vibe, especially when the film actually takes you to the other side of the magical door. Quite frankly, the film is pretty much filled with anticipation of actually wanting to see what’s happening to the people after they enter. Once the film climaxes at that point, everything else kind of is just a blah. Emotionally, the film is pretty dark and doesn’t really go anywhere.

ALSO STARRING: Nick Offerman, Keegan-Michael Key, Brendan Sexton III, and Molly Quinn

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