— by BEN FOWLER —
Ferris Bueller can do no wrong in my eyes. I thought he was the best bit in “Godzilla.” I can’t wait for him to be king in “The Lion King.” OK, you’ve got me on “Inspector Gadget,” though.
“Wonderful World” is the new film starring Ferris himself, Matthew Broderick. Broderick plays Ben Singer, a failed children’s folk singer (and those guys are a dime a dozen!), career proofreader, compulsive marijuana smoker and a less than amazing weekend dad. He’s also a “glass half empty” kind of guy.
His only comfort comes from his chess games with his roommate Ibou (Michael K. Williams). But when disaster strikes, it seems to confirm Ben’s pessimistic view of the world.
Sadly typecast after his hit 1986 film, Ferris Beuller’s Day Off, Broderick has never truly hit the heights we know he can achieve. Yet he continues to turn out some solid work (in between some fluff) and this seems to be another strong character piece. From the man who said “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop to look around once in awhile, you could miss it,” comes a character who talks about conspiracies between car and oil companies and how terrorism produces, of all things, positive thinking!
But don’t think this film is going to leave you searching for the nearest bridge to jump from. The trailer reveals how a new “influence” in Singer’s life will begin to change him for, hopefully, the better. Director Josh Goldin seems to have balanced his depressing lead with a world around him with a lighter more optimistic view on things.
The trailer shows it begins as a downbeat affair, but come the final scene of the movie, I can imagine Broderick’s character will have a more “glass half full” perspective on things.
“Wonderful World” is due for release Jan. 8, 2010.
Source: Trailer Addict
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