THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

WILSON (2017)

Woody Harrelson does his best as the title character, created by the pen of Daniel Cloves (from whom the excellent Ghost World sprung).  He’s all over the place as the sometimes charming, sometimes annoying Wilson, who will talk to anyone anywhere in the strangest of places (he’s the one who will use the urinal next to you and strike up a conversation in an empty men’s room).  Yet Wilson is a misanthrope who has all kinds of things to say about the human condition and how screwed up it is.  The death of his father gets him off his butt (does he even have a job?  A source of income?) and he tracks down his ex-wife (a good Laura Dern) who admits that the child they aborted years ago was actually put up for adoption.  They track the kid down (she looks like an enormous version of Enid from Ghost World) and before you know it, the three of them are off for secret weird playdates at amusement parks and the like.  This is where Wilson goes off the tracks as Dern’s sister (Cheryl Hines) smells something fishy and calls the cops.  After a hard-to-believe betrayal, Wilson is in prison, getting beat up but eventually winning his new inmate buddies over.  The movie Wilson is all over the place and really difficult to like despite Harrelson’s engaging performance.  It would love to be Ghost World, but afraid it doesn’t approach those heights.  And will someone give Judy Greer some decent roles – she’s solid as always as Wilson’s friend and dog sitter but, typically, has little to do here.

 

TLA one-word review: touching