Brigsby Bear is so wildly weird, so wonderfully eccentric, that it’s no wonder it works so well; a film that’s this “out there” has to be made with an incredible passion and dedication. It’s a quintessential story about creativity, inspiration, and collaboration, and the not only is the film completely committed to it’s bizarre story, but surprisingly sincere in its emotional core. Creators Dave McCary and Kyle Mooney have crafted a beautiful story of self discovery that speaks to the creative soul in all of us, and if that wasn’t enough, the film is relentlessly funny.
James (Kyle Mooney) has been raised his entire life in a small bunker by his adoptive parents (Mark Hamill and Jane Adams), who’ve kept him separate from the outside world, with James’s only escape being the weekly television show “Brigsby Bear”, a show produced only for him. When James escapes his old life, his brought to meet his original family, and must begin to assimilate into the larger world he’s never experienced, while finishing the journey that he’s grown up watching.
Brigsby Bear is sharp in the rules of its world, using the story’s uniqueness to craft clever humor, but never does the film stray from James and his coming of age story. Kyle Mooney delivers a breakout performance as the awkward, excitable lead, and is accompanied by an eclectic supporting cast, with Greg Kinnear in particular being a standout. This is a film that grasps its audiences heart with its instantly lovable characters, providing an age old story of the power of storytelling. Grade: A