Sunday, July 7, 2013

The Giant Mechanical Man

There's so much pressure to talk and seem funny and interesting these days. I think that's why people usually empathise with shy, socially awkward, inarticulate characters. In the movie, "The Giant Mechanical Man," the conversationally-challenged characters have a hard time getting by in a noisy city where almost everyone has earbuds in, watches porn on $5,000 TVs and has raunchy conversations, regardless of who is standing nearby. Hardly anybody reads anymore, except for the book, "How to Have Winning Conversations," which the obnoxious author promotes tirelessly. 

Unlike the other other loudmouths in this movie, the two destined lovers spend most of their time being silent. Tim is a street performer who makes a living painting himself silver and holding still. Janice was previously employed by a temp agency that would hire her to stand for long periods of time in an art museum. After getting fired, she has anxiety dreams in which her teeth are falling out, making talking even more difficult. Her problem isn't that she is crazy or unlikeable; she is just quiet and having a tough time thriving in a noisy world. Tim's problems stem from the same issue. Janice's sister thinks her unhappiness can be cured if she dates the delusional self-help book author who teaches her how to have winning conversations. In contrast with her horrible date who only talks about himself,Tim gives her a winning compliment. "When I look at you, I see you."

I loved this movie. Jenna Fischer from "The Office" is fall-in-loveable and Topher Grace is hilarious as the self-absorbed self-help book author.

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