It’s interesting what passes for a curmudgeon in films these days. Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino was a curmudgeon. Woody Harrelson in Wilson? More like a weirdo who’s overhyped.
Wilson has a pretty simple conceit: Woody Harrelson plays the title character, a middle-aged divorcee looking for the daughter he never knew he had. Wacky shenanigans ensue as Wilson tries to square his life up.
The film’s main problem is that this is a part designed for either a curmudgeon or a weirdo that people like; the problem is that Woody Harrelson is occupying a middle ground between this, a sort of slightly nasty weird guy with a heart of gold, and it leaves the film unable to really work on any meaningful level. The graphic novel on which the film is based is more of Wilson as a misanthropic, painfully honest weirdo and the screenplay tends to lend itself to that.
The problem is that Harrelson is more neurotic and weird. The material doesn’t lend itself to his performance and it feels off the entire time. The film winds up being this weird mix of a good but ill-fitting performance and the tales of a curmudgeonly middle aged man.
Some EPK pieces and deleted scenes are the highlights.
20th Century Fox presents Wilson. Directed by Craig Johnson. Written by Daniel Clowes based on the novel of the same name. Starring Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern, Run Time: 95 minutes. Rated R. Released on 6.20.17
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