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THE GIANT MECHANICAL MAN is a charming comedic love story between Janice (Jenna Fischer), a woman in her 30's who has yet to learn how to navigate adulthood, and Tim (Chris Messina), a devoted artist who finds that his unique talents as a silver-painted street performer don't exactly pay the bills. Evicted from her apartment and forced to move in with her overbearing sister (Malin Akerman), Janice is on the receiving end of well-intentioned but misguided pressure to date an egotistical self-help guru (Topher Grace). Everyone seems to know what s best for Janice, but Tim helps her find her own voice and realize that it only takes one person to make you feel important. As a symbol of the urge to break free from a life defined for us, THE GIANT MECHANICAL MAN brings forward an optimism and feeling of belonging that can only come from falling in love.
- An interview with Director Lee Kirk and Actress Jenna Fischer, Presented by American Express
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There's a line early on in the film from the sister, Jill, where she says "maybe he can teach you how to talk since you're not very good at it." This line is directed at Jenna Fischer's character who is more than competent and socially capable, yet seems to get passed over time and again by those around her. This line is a great representation of the supporting cast and the overall message of the movie. Sometimes the world around you is so wrapped up in their own lives that they think they know what's best for you, without taking the time to actually listen to what you have to say.
A similar situation happens to Janice's love interest, Tim (played by Chris Messina). Tim finds himself on a news interview where he is asked why he dresses up as the giant mechanical man. His answer is very genuine and reasonable, but it falls on deaf ears as the interviewer proceeds to suggest what he could include in his act.
Janice and Tim are the focal point of the movie playing two people struggling to find their place in the world. There's a lot of depth to their characters, which is made much more relatable through fantastic acting by Fischer and Messina. The people around them seem to serve a greater purpose in one that highlights the rat race and the ignorance of the world. The two constantly find themselves in the company of others who appear to be well put together and a functioning part of society. Where the movie shines is the contrast between Janice and Tim, and their counterparts. Where Janice and Tim struggle to identify what life is all about and what truly makes them happy, the rest of the world is content with fitting in.Read more ›
Actress Jenna Fischer (form TV's "The Office") Executive Produced this film which stars her and actor Chris Messina. As you'll see from other reviews posted here, it's the story of two people trying to find, not only their place in the world, but a person who will understand them. The title comes from Messina's character who paints his face with silver paint and acts as a moving "stature" on the streets of Detroit, MI. (I'll point out here that nowhere in the film are you given a clue as to what "city" the film takes place - until the final credits. Detroit does not have identifiable buildings like New York, Chicago, or San Francisco.).
Both leads are excellent, in my opinion, but the rest of the cast overact as "happy people" in Director Lee Kirk's attempt to make Fischer and Messina's character seem more introverted. It seemed forced to me.
The 96-minute film is worth your time if you like "droll" - though smart - characters.
There is one bonus feature: A 3 ½ minute interview with Fischer and writer Director Kirk, that reveals that during the four years from when Fischer optioned the script till the film was released, they began dating, got married to each other and had a child together.
As I said, it's not great but well worth seeing on your home TV.
I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Giant Mechanical Man is a no frills film about following one's own heart/path. When one is true to their own self many remarkable things will happen.Published 5 days ago by Copper2000
On accident I've seen this move twice. Its cute and entertaining.Published 6 days ago by Lyn Thompson
Sweet movie. It starts out a little slow and you think it's not going to be that great of a movie. However, it improves and has a sweet romance and message.Published 8 days ago by Jill D