It seems like I first heard about this movie ages ago and then it slipped my mind. I am a big fan of the movie Ghost World which is based off of the graphic novel of the same name by Daniel Clowes. When I initially heard about Wilson and found out it was based on another of Clowes’ graphic novels, I was in. This movie is directed by Craig Johnson (Skeleton Twins, insert heart eyes).The screenplay for this movie was written by Clowes.
Wilson is the newest adaptation of a Daniel Clowes graphic novel
I love Woody Harrelson. For a lot of the same reasons I love Matthew McConaughey and Bill Paxton. They are who they are. They often play very human characters that are 100% believable.
Harrelson shines as Wilson. A socially awkward, invasive, and obsessive human that is also pretty self-centered. The recent death of his father has him reeling from his lack of relationships and feeling pretty lonely. Wilson thinks people are jerks but it is really he who is awful. He demands attention and surprisingly most of the other characters in the film are pretty receptive to him. Then he pushes the situation a little too far.
Wilson decides to contact his wife he has not seen in seventeen years. All of this time he has believed that his wife did not have their baby but learns that she did in fact and gave their daughter up for adoption. The sequence of events propelling the movie are crazy but Wilson is desperate to know his daughter, Claire.
I think it made it even more fun to see this movie with my husband because he can not handle awkward social situations. They make him extremely comfortable. I can not tell you how many times he has left the room during certain parts of movies. He actually did get up and leave the theater for a few minutes during this movie. The number of times he muttered when Wilson was doing something not okay was great. I did give up counting though.
This movie is hilarious. Maybe I laughed more often and more loudly than my fellow moviegoers (oops!) but I had a pretty darn good time. I am glad that Wilson, and this movie, get a happy ending. It was a good reminder to be thankful for the things we have and that many people wish they could have our good fortune. I give Wilson the rating: Not Quite Golden, Ponyboy.