IMDB Summary: Aidan Bloom is a 35-year-old man who finds himself at major crossroads, which forces him to examine his life, his career, and his family.
The Kickstarter project Zach Braff wrote, directed, and stared in was definitely not Garden State. Granted, it’s been a decade since the generation x coming of age film, so I shouldn’t have EXPECTED the audience to be aimed at the same age group. But, as a young person who related to Garden State so hard I cried 3 separate times, I was a little disappointed with Wish I Was Here.
It’s sad, it’s funny, Kate Hudson is way too pretty to be a mother. The premise is that Zach Braff (Aidan) is a struggling actor with very Jewish children and a dying father. Yeah, sad, I know. However, the humor is subtle but worth it. It includes performances by Josh Gad, Donald Faison (as a huge Scrubs nerd, yes I screamed.) and the daughter is a really talented up-and-comer Joey King. Definitely keep an eye out for her, because her performance in this was really spectacular. I won’t criticize the acting aspect of this too much since I think everyone was really into it. However, I just wasn’t a huge fan of the dialogue and I think it wasn’t written as well as it could have been. Some parts were endearing, but the tackiness of a few awkward lines just ruined a majority of the film for me.
I did really like the religious aspect of this film. The Blooms all deal with religion and God in different manners when the grandfather begins to pass away. It’s interesting how Braff’s existential dilemmas were examined from each perspective.
Cinematography-wise, it was a very LA film. There was tons of natural lighting. So much. You may even confuse it with a teenage romantic comedy.
Overall, I wasn’t a huge fan of this film. I’m a huge fan of Zach Braff, but I think the idea was just ok and the writing was just ok.