Blu-ray Review: ‘Wilson’

Review by Lauryn Angel

Based on a graphic novel by Daniel Clowes, Wilson is more character-driven than plot driven. Wilson (Woody Harrelson) is a middle-aged man searching for meaning in his life after his father dies and his best friend moves away, leaving him with his dog Pepper as his only companion. When he reconnects with his estranged wife, Pippi (Laura Dern), he discovers that he has a seventeen-year-old daughter, whom Pippi gave up for adoption. When they find their daughter, Claire (Isabella Amara), their reunion doesn’t go quite as planned.

Wilson is not the nicest guy around, and the choices he makes are often cringe-worthy. It’s clear to the audience that he’s making terrible choices, even if it isn’t clear to Wilson himself. The movie is at turns comic and tragic, and it’s often difficult to sympathize with Wilson. The movie is a bit of a curiosity, but it’s worth seeing for Harrelson’s performance. The spark of mischief in Harrelson’s eye shows us how much fun he’s having playing the curmudgeonly Wilson, who delights in invading others’ personal space and hurling insults.

Unfortunately, Harrelson’s performance isn’t enough to make the movie more than mediocre. Fans of Harrelson will likely enjoy it, and the rest of the cast is also very good, but when all is said and done, the story is more than a little flat.

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  1. June 27, 2017

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