Wish I Was Here (2014) is a movie about Aidan Bloom (Zach Braff), a struggling father of two who is finding himself in a crossroad of life, trying to find himself amidst all the ensuing chaos.
The movie is a successful Kickstarter project by Zach Braff, who is also directing the movie himself. It feels real and true, making the movie fairly relatable for most of us with family and monetary struggles. It’s about forcing oneself to come to stark realizations and being brave enough to make changes where they are needed. While being a serious and deep movie, it never gets boring or makes the viewer lose interest. There is certain comic relief provided by Zach Braff’s costar in Scrubs, Donald Faison, and Jim Parsons who plays Sheldon in the The Big Bang Theory.
Another surprise is Kate Hudson, who plays the wife and has been given a role which goes outside her normal romcom setting. She handles her role remarkably well, and she fills the role of Sarah Bloom with lots of empathy and I hope to see her playing against Zach in the future as well since they work brilliantly well together. What is a little strange though, is that Kate’s role is hidden away in the plot, which makes her more of a supporting character than anything else. Given her remarkable performance, she should have been given a lot more focus and spotlight.
All in all, this was an enjoyable movie and probably one of the best indie movies of 2014.
Score: 8/10 (Great)