Woody Harrelson fans are going to love “Wilson.” This is a part that was made in heaven for Harrelson. In fact, I can’t imagine anyone else in the role of “Wilson”. Harrelson owns this film.
Wilson is a lonely, neurotic middle-aged recluse who reunites with his estranged wife and gets a shot at happiness when he learns he has a teenage daughter he never knew existed. In his uniquely outrageous and extraordinarily twisted way, he sets out to connect with her.
Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson stars as “Wilson” and Academy Award nominee Laura Dern plays his wife, Pippi. Isabella Amar is their long lost daughter Claire and Cheryl Hines is Pippi’s estranged sister, Polly.
“Wilson” was written by Academy Award nominee Daniel Clowes based on his graphic novel by the same name.
Craig Johnson directed the film but I am not sure how much direction Johnson had to give Harrelson. I think he probably said, “Here are the lines, Woody, just be yourself.”
I have mixed feeling about this film. Wilson is such a pathetic human being that the film was difficult to watch. Also, it seemed to drag in the middle. I found myself wanting things to hurry up.
Many people will be offended by the raw language in the film. The f-bomb is liberally sprinkled throughout the screenplay.
One thing that bothered me and I found out later it seemed to bother everyone else: We never know what Wilson does for a living. He lives in an apartment that has bookshelves, overflowing with books, on every wall in every room of his apartment so he must have a job to pay for them and if he has a job he must interact with other employees. Another way to look at it is that if he has the time to read so many books maybe he doesn’t work. It’s a conundrum.
This is a film about sad people doing silly things and if you are a Woody Harrelson fan and want to see “Wilson” you will have to drive to St. Louis to see it. It is not opening in the Metro East this week but it is opening at Plaza Frontenac Friday.
This is a “must see” for Harrelson fans. If you’re not a Harrelson fan, you may want to go see “Power Rangers” or “Life.” Both films open this Friday in the Metro East.