Somebody Up There Likes Me is a SXSW film. I kind of feel like that says everything about it. It is a totally enjoyable little indie film about a man’s journey through life. It is amazing in that while it has all the little indie quirks I love so much it also has a plot. It may be just a little too weird for the common movie goer but if they can get over that they will be rewarded. The acting is great, aka the writing is great. I love this movie.
This comic fable chronicles 35 years in the lives of good friends Sal and Max – including a love triangle with Lyla, the woman they both adore.
Here’s what I thought: This film is of a special kind of humor. It didn’t exactly make me laugh but it definitely made me smile. It was witty and kept me wondering the whole time. The human relationships were almost alien, but it was great how it came full circle in the end. Overall interesting movie. I suggest sticking through it to the end of the movie. You won’t be disappointed.
Somebody Up There Likes Me (Bob Byington, 2012) 3/5
As some of you might know, I’m a fan of Bob Byington. I’ve recommended his two earlier films in one of my previous posts. His new film, unfortunately, is not one that I would recommend. I might’ve missed something or misunderstood the film but to me, it just had like a straight up nihilistic message. Which to be fair, I guess you could say is original, or even courageous? But it’s terribly unnecessary. Even when it’s funny. I hope I misunderstood it but if I didn’t and that’s really what the filmmaker wanted to say, then it’s a shame and I’m disappointed.
This movie is terrible. That I watched it at all is a testament only to my burgeoning interest in the cinematography of Sean Price Williams (he of The Color Wheel, Listen Up Philip, Frownland, etc.), but even his camerawork and this beautiful cat cannot unturd a turd.