The Big Year 2011 5 out of 10
I really don't get what they were going for with this movie?
Are you looking for a wacky, zany bird watching movie---well this isn't that.
I guess the only reason I ended up watching it is because of Steve Martin (one of my favorite comedians) and Owen Wilson (who is usually pretty good). When I noticed it on TV I hit the DVR button and figured I'd give it a look. Despite being a movie about bird watching it had a lineup of big name comedians in it (even if Jack Black is one of those names----he ranks in several of the worst movies I've seen in the last decade).
The movie itself was actually a decent. It just wasn't what you would expect. It wasn't really a comedy at all. It was more a love letter to the joy of bird watching and a look at how this obsession could have a toll on the lives of the families of those involved in the hobby. It is fine if you want to make a movie about bird watching----just don't cast three comedians in what really isn't a comedy and expect it to be a success. I'm not surprised that this movie tanked at the box office and it isn't something I would watch again. It just really left me confused how a straight - non comedy bird watching movie got made in the first place. It is just really false advertising.