By Matthew McKibben | May 20, 2014
Focus Features recently released the trailer for writer/director Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here, his follow-up to Garden State which was infamously funded significantly by funds raised via Kickstarter then went on to premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
(By the way, if you’re a Zach Braff fan, you can skip my cynicism and watch the trailer.)
I was a big fan of Braff’s work on Scrubs, but I am not really a Garden State fan. While he has a good eye for visuals, much of Garden State and Wish I Was Here seem to have been written by a series of motivational posters and Facebook statuses strewn together to form a narrative:
“When we were kids, my brother and I used to pretend that we were heroes; the only ones who could save the day. But maybe we’re just the regular people; the ones who get saved.”
“We both spent our entire lives wishing we could be something great, and now we’re finally called upon to do something that requires some actual bravery.”
Who talks like this???
Braff seems to have a knack for hitting all of the emotive movie bullet points:
– Guy having a nervous breakdown in a car? Check!
– Guy with a dysfunctional, bearded dad? Check!
– Stoned brother? Check!
– Girl riding in the back of a convertible triumphantly opening her arms to let the warmth of life into her embrace? Check! Check! Check!
I felt that Garden State is almost more enjoyable as a movie trailer than as an actual movie and Wish I Was Here looks to be more of the same.
Did I mention that Wish I Was Here opens on July 18th? Here’s the trailer: