Finally, a Trailer for the Big Year Movie!

The movie version of The Big Year (a fictionalized adaptation of the excellent book of the same name, about three men competing to see who can spot the most bird species in a year) is set to be released next month, and there’s finally, finally a trailer for it:

I’m not gonna lie, the opening of the trailer (the actual trailer, I mean, not the bit with the actors talking to the camera) made me laugh out loud. “There’s going to be major fallout in a few hours!” A comedic reference to migration fallout in a movie trailer is not something I thought I’d ever see. But the really curious thing is… that’s the only dialogue reference to birds anywhere in the entire two-plus minutes. Yes, you see some shots of characters looking through binoculars, but they never even explain what a “big year” is, other than just a year of having wacky adventures. Even the synopsis is bird-less: “A a sophisticated comedy about three friendly rivals who, tired of being ruled by obligations and responsibilities, dedicate a year of their lives to following their dreams. Their big year takes them on a cross-country journey of wild and life-changing adventures.”

I’m assuming that there is, in fact, a fair amount of birding in the actual film, but that the powers that be didn’t want to market it as a movie about birdwatching. Oh well, I’m still definitely going to go see it, assuming it’s playing here in Middle O’ Nowhere, Wisconsin.

Totally unrelated reminder: Sunday is International Rock Flipping Day!

4 thoughts on “Finally, a Trailer for the Big Year Movie!”

    1. I don’t know if The Big Year was ever published in Australia, but it really is a great read. Reading a book about an Australian big year would definitely be different – for me, part of the fun of The Big Year was that I’d actually been birding in some of the places described, not to mention I know people who know one of the three protagonists. It’s a small world.

  1. I loved the book that inspired it, and part of it was filmed here in our little town, so I’m keen to see it. A birding film. Certain Oscar bait.

    It’s interesting that Steve Martin named his recent banjovial band album, “Rare Bird Alert.” At least one convert.

    1. What’s encouraging to me is that one gets the sense that while this is a comedy about birdwatchers, it’s not really making fun of them, at least not in a cruel way. I mean, it IS a pretty goofy hobby, and we need to be able to laugh at ourselves sometimes.

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