Describe it in 25 words or less.
Pete: A film about “birders” competing to count the most birds in a calendar year.
Brigette: An up-close and personal look into the lives of birders.
Any particular reason for choosing this film?
Pete: I thought it would be funny.
Brigette: I watch every Jack Black film and I’m also a fan of Steve Martin and Owen Wilson so I figured, how could I go wrong?
What did you think of the credit art?
Pete: The end credits were the highlight of the film.
Brigette: The end credits were somewhat interesting with Kenny Bostick’s Big Year birds flashing before your eyes.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Pete: Brad Harris because he was the underdog.
Brigette: The birds because they delivered the best performances.
Who was your least favorite character and why?
Pete: Kenny Bostick because he was arrogant.
Brigette: Kenny Bostick because as Brad Harris said, “Bostick had developed a technique perfected by devious birds like the skua. He let others do the grunt work and then seized the spoils.”
How was the casting?
Brigette: The casting was deceptive. You’d think with 3 heavy weight comedians in one film you’d have at least one laugh.
Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? And if is took a while was it worth the wait?
Pete: Grabbed me early, but then I kept waiting for a heap of laughs but was let down rather severely.
Brigette: It grabbed me immediately and kept me waiting for the punchline the entire film. I’m still waiting.
Pete: “They’re men dear. If they ever stop competing, they die.”
Brigette: “Sometimes friendship, like birding, depends on luck. Blink and you miss it.”
What would you change?
Pete: Either the story or the cast.
Brigette: The fedoras. Especially Kenny Bostick’s paisley one.
How was the soundtrack?
We’ve added it to Spotify here: The Big Year
Brigette: Great except that Viva La Vida was oddly placed in the film.
Would you watch it again?
Pete: Hell no!
Brigette: No way!
How was the ending?
Pete: A letdown and I never found out who came third.
Brigette: Predictably lame.
What was the moral of the story?
Pete: Winning isn’t everything…sometimes it can really hurt those that are close to you.
Brigette: Know what you want in life but don’t screw things up getting it.
Did you learn anything?
Pete: A bit about birds.
Brigette: The mating ritual of the bald eagle is pretty awesome.
Who would you recommend it to?
Brigette: People who have their priorities screwed up or like their comedians wooden.
Won’t Eat Their Cereal opportunity:
Steve Martin Won’t Eat His Cereal
Beer pairing: (Pete’s specialty)
Bridge Road’s Bling Bling IPA or something high in alcohol that you could get a buzz out of because you weren’t going to get it from the film.
Favorite Architectural Detail: (Pete’s other specialty)
The log cabin’s staircase.
What would you be willing to sacrifice to be the best?