Struck by Lightning Movie Reviews
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I really liked this film to my own surprise and I think that it is worth seeing in the theaters. I thought that Chris Colfer will forever be stuck in a role of Kurt from the show Glee, but he is one talented guy and I thought he was pretty great in this film. The movie has some flaws, it is kind of full of cliches and pop culture references felt forced but the film has some great moments as well and I thought that the acting was pretty great. I thought that the characters were likable and relatable and I liked the main idea of the film. The film is not perfect but I had a good time watching it and I think most people will have a good time as well.
When I read that Chris Colfer was not only starring in this movie but that he had also written it himself, I knew I had to see it. He is such a mega talent. I knew going in that I would love him, his character, and his performance. What I didn't expect from the movie was how freakin fall down funny and hysterical Rebel Wilson would be!! She had me chuckling all the way through, and there were more than a couple of instances in which she had my sides splitting. She is the top of the tops as far I am concerned. After Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect, I am astonished that no one out there is giving her her own movie or show, she's just dynamite. I am sure she will land something huge soon - she is too great a talent to be ignored. I also wish that someone would tell Sarah Hyland to not be so shrieky all the time. Minus her somewhat annoying performance, this was a fabulous movie. Everyone in college and under will love it.
Confession: I ONLY watch "Glee" for ONE REASON and ONE REASON ONLY (forgive the caps, I am emphasizing): Chris Colfer! As Kurt on the show, he is the dreamiest, sweetest, most loving and amazing young man I could ever hope for. Too bad he would never go for me! My loss...but in this movie he really gets to play something he never gets to play on Glee. He is pretty vicious in this movie, though not out of malice. He wants to get to a certain place in his career and he has the drive and the ambition to make it. All he has to do is get past the hell that is high school, which he manages to do with surprising brilliance. I like the fact that he really got to show off a different side to his personality in this movie. He isn't super sweet or overly juvenile. He gets to show that he has the brains to match the baby face and he can do a helluva lot more than just sing - though we never ever mind when he does!
Struck By Lightning is a fun, sassy, b@#$y, and ultimately run-of-the-mill movie that you will remember for two reasons.
One, it brings together virtually every major young star you recognize from Hollywood tween land (including Rebel Wilson, Sarah Hyland, Carter Jenkins, the blondie everygirl from Suburgatory) which will make it instantly appealing to the very young and those who refuse to let go of their youth.
Two, and more importantly, it stars Chris Colfer in a role that mercifully lets him get away from being the gay choir boy that he is known for playing on Fox’s Glee. In his role as the deceased Carson Phillips (he gets struck by lightning in a random act of cosmic cruelty as he’s about to move on in life), he gets to be someone who takes vengeance on his school tormentors by doing something highly unconventional. And no, that something is not singing.
Carson wants to go to Northwestern so he can one day manage The New Yorker. His counselor (played by Angelia Kinsey from The Office) tells him to start writing a magazine to prove that he can, in fact, manage a publication.
As things work out, he ends up blackmailing the entire school to get them to contribute articles about their enemies and friends. In essence, he kind of runs the high school version of The Enquirer. Only more juvenile. His parents, meanwhile, are doing their best to be as dysfunctional as possible. For example, his mother laces his meals with anti-depressants because she thinks he needs them. Moms!
The movie is kind of a boys version of Mean Girls except it has nothing to do with the social hierarchy between males of a certain age. What it does very well is show how awful high school can be for those who dare to be themselves. It also provides ample opportunities for Rebel Wilson to steal scenes. Which she does. By the dozens. There are some smart one-liners and big laughs in the movie, most of them courtesy Ms. Wilson’s killer comic timing.
It’s about time someone give her her own starring vehicle. She’s too fudging funny to be a perennial supporting character.