Watch the Trailer for Quirky Sundance Hit ‘Brigsby Bear’
I missed Brigsby Bear when it made its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It conflicted with other stuff, and I didn’t go out of my way to track it down; the premise sounded too much like other movies I had already seen, crossed with every quirky uplifting Sundance comedy ever made. But colleagues who saw it really liked it, and its Rotten Tomatoes rating right now is an impressive 88 percent, with only three negative reviews out of the first 25 its received.
Watching the trailer above, it’s easy to see why. The film definitely isn’t as simple to categorize as the program plot description might have made it seem. (This happens sometimes at film festivals; the movies with the best program blurbs stink and vice versa.) Kyle Mooney stars in the film, and also co-wrote the screenplay; the cast also includes Claire Danes, Greg Kinnear, Andy Samberg, and Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, as Mooney’s father. Mooney and Hamill’s relationship is a little more complicated than that, but I’m not sure what qualifies as a spoiler and what doesn’t. Here’s the official synopsis:
Brigsby Bear Adventures is a children's TV show produced for an audience of one, James (Kyle Mooney). When the show abruptly ends, James' life changes forever and he sets out to finish the story himself.
It’s a good trailer, and I’m intrigued to see more of Hamill’s performance in the film in particular. Brigsby Bear opens in select theaters on July 28.