Movie Review: WILSON (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

WILSON is based on the graphic novel by Daniel Clowes. The movie was directed by Craig Johnson and stars Woody Harrelson, Laura Dern, Isabella Amara, Cheryl Hines and Judy Greer.

Woody Harrelson stars as Wilson, a lonely, neurotic and hilariously honest middle-aged misanthrope who reunites with his estranged wife (Laura Dern) when he learns he has a teenage daughter (Isabella Amara) he has never met. In his uniquely outrageous and slightly twisted way, he sets out to connect with her. Based on Daniel Clowes’ iconic graphic novel of the same name, WILSON is a “riotously funny” (Noel Murray, ThePlaylist.net) look at life, love, family…and one man’s wildly ambitious search for happiness.

The movie focuses on Wilson, a lonely middle-aged misanthrope who is left all alone when his father dies. With absolutely no one left in his life, he decides to track down his trashy ex-wife where he discovers the two of them have a teenage daughter that he never knew about. Long story short, he got her pregnant and she never told him about it so she gave the baby up for adoption. So what happens is, he decides to find her and tries to force his way into her life but he finds out there’s some serious consequences that come along with these kind of uncomfortable actions. Wilson experiences all kinds of new emotions and feelings that overwhelm him so he handles them all in a rather obnoxious way. As his silly story plays out, he learns all about self-control which ends up allowing a new chapter in Wilson’s life to finally begin.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc also includes its own matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc was crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc was really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio for this release.

Bottom line is, Wilson was a fun watch and a welcome return to comedy for Woody Harrelson. The movie is a light-hearted character study about this lonely man who gets a second chance at life and love but he has to be put through the ringer (and prison) to finally get to where he wants to be. I did like the movie and Woody Harrelson’s performance is easily what stands out about this quirky little dark comedy. It’s vulgar at times but in a harmless way, if that makes any sense at all. Many of us know somebody like Wilson who doesn’t know when it’s time to shut up or just keep quiet. Simply put, they speak before they think! Craig Johnson did a good job capturing the heart and soul of Wilson that’s complimented by a great supporting cast. This hilarious oddball comedy is now available on Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD Combo Pack and is worth checking out.

Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Run Time: 94 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / EDA / Spanish and French Dolby Digital 5.1

DVD Video: Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA / Spanish and French Dolby Surround 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include a lot of deleted scenes, three featurettes, an image gallery, two trailers and a digital copy of the moie.

  • 15 Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes (16:48)
  • 3 Promo Featurettes: 1. Who is Wilson? (02:00) 2. Strip to Screen (01:49) 3. The Women of Wilson (01:41)
  • Gallery (02:05)
  • Trailers: Red Band Trailer and Theatrical Trailer (04:34)
  • Digital HD Copy

 

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