Hector And The Search For Happiness

Hector And The Search For Happiness

One Sentence: Simon Pegg was excellent.

Rated: R

Nudity: Light

After Credits: None

Well I am happy to say that this isn’t the same old independent movie format that we seem to have been stuck with for the last 5 years.  It does have some of the same things, a single solitary person looking for his place in the world, a love interest that might or might not end up being part of the plan and a search inside as well across whatever world they are in to find what they are looking for.  However that is where the similarities end.  The journey of getting to the end of this movie didn’t feel like the same old movie done but this time with British accents.  It was fun, funny, and had a lot more to it.

First Simon Pegg is the champion of this movie.  He had to play a more straight man character in this movie that he has had to in the past and he delivered.  I think he was an excellent choice for the role and made me laugh and feel more of what this Hector was searching for.  I really enjoyed this character a lot.

For the most part this movie is a long journey and is funny, while dotting in these cute little happiness nuggets and it works pretty well.  There are some issues with the pacing and the ending seems to come abruptly.  We are up and down and up and down, which some might argue is the point of life, but it did feel a little out of balance.  Something just didn’t make me totally love this movie, and it had to do with this up and down pacing.  This pacing issue isn’t enough to make me say that this movie is not worth seeing though.  It was a great little independent, and with so many of them following that format, this one stands out above most others.  I would go see it on a Autumn Sunday afternoon.
4 Stars

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