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.
Somebody Up There Likes Me // Bob Byington // 2012 // Film #7
Initially I was excited to see this movie. I had little to no idea what it was about, but I had met two of it’s stars (Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt aka Nancy and Beth, who met while filming this). Post-Watch, it seems the filmmakers had little to no idea what it was about either. It is an oddly enjoyable film and the cast delivers realistic characters and the animation is lovely, even though it’s often only used to fill time. If there was a point or artistic statement within this film, it evades me, but at the end of the day it wasn’t half bad. It is currently available on Netflix Watch Instantly.
Best Line: “I meant to compliment you earlier - on your appearance and your sense of humor.” - Max