So yesterday I finally got around to watching a movie that Netflix has been recommending me for months, The Giant Mechanical Man. Giant Mechanical Man stars Jenna Fischer and Chris Messina and is directed and written by Lee Kirk. It is an offbeat romantic comedy about two 30 somethings as they try to navigate adulthood. It debuted at the Tribeca film festival in 2012.
Giant Mechanical Man is a good movie, it is a fresh take on a romantic comedy especially for my generation. Those of us who are overqualified to do what we do and are there to get paid or are at their wit’s end in searching for a solid job. It goes to show that we all can find happiness. Janice (Jenna Fischer) is down on her luck losing her temp job and forced to move into her sister’s house. Tim (Chris Messina) is also thrown for a loop when he is dumped by his girlfriend. Tim goes to the zoo to look for work, he becomes a custodial staff. Janice meets Tim as she goes to apply for a job at the zoo, she sells concessions. Over the time the become friends.
As Janice says in the movie “Sometimes I just feel invisible. And I heard someone say something recently, that it just takes one person, you know. Just one person to make you feel like you belong. To make you feel special. ” This is a deep aspect of the movie and an honest assessment of what love is. At times we all feel like we are lost and alone or just plain invisible but it is at these moments where we can find love. It takes only one person caring about you and that is what love is.
It is nice to see a movie every once in awhile that takes a look at how life really is and not the glamorized reality that movies and television make it out to be. Life is messy and it is nice to have someone out there to make you feel special and a sense of belonging. If you get a chance check out The Giant Mechanical Man. I hope that we all can find someone who make us all feel special and that we can love in a similar way.