Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson starring in a comedy about bird watchers who compete with each other to spot the rarest bird? I was sold before I even watched the first trailer for The Big Year. Then I watched the trailer… and now, not so much. If you’re wondering how a funny cast and quirky premise could be watered down to such boring, bland humour, just take a look at the director’s previous credits: David Frankel is the man who gave us The Devil Wears Prada and Marley & Me.
The Big Year is clearly being aimed at an older crowd, but a part of me still hopes that this trailer is not a true indication of what the movie has to offer. It’s based on a book by Mark Obmascik and the screenplay was written by Howard Franklin (The Man Who Knew Too Little, Quick Change). With a supporting cast that includes Joel McHale, Anjelica Huston, Rashida Jones, Jim Parsons, Rosamund Pike, Kevin Pollak, and Anthony Anderson, surely it can’t be all bad… can it? The Big Year hits theatres on October 14th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.