Very rarely in life do you get the opportunity to know someone truly amazing, an inspirational presence who makes everyone around them a better person just by the process of being in the same room as them. A person who you point out to others and say “that’s what I want to be when I grow up”. I’ve yet to meet this person, I’ve not been lucky enough, but I do know some people who have. People who have met me.
As a result it is impossible to write a review of my life without having to resort to superlatives that would immediately diminish the awesomeness that my life has wrought on the world. It’s also very difficult to do this without the smile on my face at the snorts of derision from those who do know me will be making at that opening paragraph.
The difficulty in reviewing the Life of Me is identifying whether it is a comedy or tragedy. Much like the dilemma faced by Will Ferrell in Stranger than Fiction you cannot find out until the end, does the hero die (as all men must) in the end or get the girl. Based upon the evidence seen so far it looks like the happy mask is in full force but there are passages of time where you do start to feel that these are the white stripes on a black horse and that this zebra is heading towards tragedy.
You do come to realise that this sadness is purely temporary and as with any TV show or Movie every new year is labelled as the “darkest ever”, but in the end the status quo is resumed and life continues as normal. The overall arc of the narrative is one of happy times which shine all the greater for those slower and darker moments.
One area that Geek Ergo Sum has not held back on the budget strings are the locations, in the space of 32 years you are whisked across Europe (with a strong focus on the Mediterranean) and as far a field as Hong Kong and San Francisco. The section in the Maldives for the honeymoon scenes did leave little to the imagination and could have done with a little less scatological content. Of particular interest in the future will be the use of the New York set and whether this becomes a permanent feature or not. It would have been nice to have seen some other scenes set in New Zealand, but again this is hoped for in the future.
Costumes were a bit of a let-down, and although backed by an Indie-music soundtrack Life of Me does rely on a few too many special effects. Some have complained that certain parts were a bit too camp (like Baz Luhrman directing Behind the Candelabra with a Scissor Sisters tribute to Prince soundtrack) but the overall tone was one of gently plodding along.
The final scenes of Life of Me did seem a bit rushed, a twist ending of a trans-Atlantic marriage, visa problems and a baby in the closing moments did feel a bit rushed. You barely have time to breath as you jump from wedding to house moves and you can see the toll it has on the main leads to be able to deliver any kind of performance during these scenes. You are also left with an open-ending which suggests there is more to come, although it remains to be seen how the addition of a new baby will change the dynamic in the next movie.
Will it be A Scorpion King or a Mummy Returns?
3.142 out of five stars.
Life of Me is out now on Limited Release.
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Four Stars.”
Write a review of your life — or the life of someone close to you — as if it were a movie or a book.