Quirky Depression
It's Kind of a Funny Story
Review by Ross Anthony

This is kind of a wonderful film. The lead, Keir Gilchrist, nails the role. He's sympathetic, likeable, quirky, every-teen. Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, who both write and direct, pace the picture perfectly and interject (refreshingly without transition) anxiety-warped flashbacks and surreal daydreams that give the production even more depth and warmth. In fact, two extended interjected sequences stand out with resounding visual and emotional impact: An urban animation sprawls with majesty and wonder, and a certain Queen/Bowie tribute will tattoo this film into your memory. Because of these moments, especially the urban hand-drawn animation, I thought I was watching a piece by Michel Gondry (Science of Sleep, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Human Nature, Interview ). Kudos to Boden and Fleck.

Despite the depressing topics, the film is actually quite encouraging. It addresses some of life's most important issues -- overcoming stress, searching for meaning, having the courage to be yourself. In fact, I enjoyed this pic so much, I found it easy to forgive a less than fitting soapiness that over-sweetens this good cup of coffee, especially in the resolution. I'd have adapted that ending just a little to keep a bit of a reality bite (which might have been in earlier drafts anyway). Still, I'm recommending "It's Kind of a Funny Story" strongly.

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  • It's Kind of a Funny Story. Copyright © 2010.
  • Starring Keir Gilchrist, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Roberts, Viola Davis, Ze Kravitz. Written and Directed By: Ryan Fleck , Anna Boden. Focus Features.

Grade..........................A (3.5/4)

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Last Modified: Tuesday, 07-Dec-2010 08:02:44 PST