What happens if you’re kidnapped as a child, and that the method used to educate you by your captors ends up bewitching you and consuming you to your adult life?
This is the premise of Brigsby Bear – a film by the director Dave McCary from a story and screenplay by Kyle Mooney who also stars as the main character, James. James was kidnapped when he was small by Ted Mitchum (Mark Hamill) and April Mitchum (Jane Adams). They took James into a bunker in the middle of a dessert in Utah where James ended up watching hours and hours of a children’s programme called ‘Brigsby Bear’. After Ted and April were captured by the police, James is returned to his family. He finds it hard to adjust to normal life, especially since nobody seems to know about Brigsby Bear. James discovers that Brigsby Bear is a homemade programme by Ted to keep him educated and occupied (along with some mathematics lessons and basic sex-ed). He finds it frustrating that he doesn’t know how the series end, and decides to make a film to finish the story.
Brigsby Bear is another variation of a fish-out-of-water story that has been presented in various movies. What keeps the story fresh is the witty one liners by Mooney and McCary, along with some absurdity that keeps the audience entertained. There are massive plot holes, and if you can park your logic and just tag along with the spirit of the story, you will probably enjoy it. It’s a movie that wears its heart on its sleeve. The subtle message of the movie is whether adults should truly abandon their childhood playfulness, interests, and dreams – there’s probably room for those as well, whether you’re 5, 35, or 65. I’d say Amen! to that!