Brigsby Bear (2017)
Critic Consensus: Audiences attuned to Brigsby Bear's strange frequency will be moved by its earnest -- and endearingly original -- approach to pop culture's impact and the creative urge.
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Critic Reviews for Brigsby Bear
"Brigsby Bear" is the kind of movie Kyle Mooney would make fun of on "Saturday Night Live."
A movie about storytelling that succeeds by keeping its focus on the storyteller.
Despite its lofty aim and a cast including Greg Kinnear, Claire Danes and Mark Hamill, sugary-sweet "Brigsby Bear" feels as if it was made by and for well-meaning lightweights.
The approach can be a reach, but on the whole it works better than you might guess.
"Brigsby Bear" is charming, sweet, creative, different and disturbing.
Audience Reviews for Brigsby Bear
Heart-warming, bizarro, hipster, love for art and life films like Brigsby Bear and last year's Swiss Army Man are everything that I hope for when I go to the cinema. While the former isn't nearly as good as the latter, Dave McCary's directorial debut still hit all the sweet spots and left me dewey eyed. Kyle Mooney plays a victim of child abduction who has spent 20 some years of his life isolated in a desert compound with his math-obsessed, captor parents. His main source of entertainment and wonder is a low-budget sci-fi kids' show, the titular Brigsby Bear. When he is "saved" by the FBI and brought back to civilization and his biological family, he is a fish out of water missing his beloved show that served as a through-line to everything he knows about the world. Child abduction, mind control, and social disillusionment are extremely heavy subject matter, and they are completely, tonally ignored in this film for the sake of joy, humor, creativity, and friendship. At times, there is so much disparity between concept and tone that it makes the viewing uncomfortable, if not downright disturbing. Fortunately, this is escapism. From the Doctor Who meets Teletubbies productions within the movie to Mooney's exploration of a world he's only seen strange simulacra of, the film is a surrealist exploration of the aspects of childhood we forget when we grow up. Whether or not you can put up with the tonal dissonance and the trademark Lonely Island millennial humor is a matter of preference. The lack of cynicism alone makes this a really refreshing film as there are no perceived antagonists, and the only conflict that has to be dealt with is closed-mindedness. For any of its short comings, Brigsby Bear is a needed reminder that despite how much the outside world doesn't make sense and is full of pain, the best way to deal with it is by trying to make something good with the help of your friends and family.
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