Saturday, March 15, 2014

A Birder's Guide to Everything

A group of teenage nerd birder's, led by a boy (Kodi Smit-McPhee) grieving the loss of his mother, embark on a quest to find a bird believed to be extinct.  It sounds decent but this coming-of-age film comes across more corny than sentimental and suffers from a less than stellar cast of youngsters who never really pull you into their stories.  Though supporting performances by James LeGros as the boy's dad and Sir Ben Kingsley as a birding guru certainly do help to make it just barely worth watching.  Thanks to them I can at least say it's slightly better than 'The Big Year', the only other film I've ever seen about birding.

'A Birder's Guide to Everything' is now available on Video on Demand.

Grade: B-

Who is this movie for?  Sir Ben Kingsley completists.  Those who don't worship Sir Ben should pass.

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