“Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar” is a film that I never imagined we needed.
The movie, directed by Josh Greenbaum, starring Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo – who both co-wrote the script- delivered its message and won my heart after filling it with joy and giggles. A story about lifelong friends Barb and Star embark on the adventure of a lifetime when they decide to leave their small Midwestern town for the first time…ever. The absurdity and silliness were the key successes for making the movie watchable and bearable as a cheesy comedy. You aren’t expecting rationale or explanations for what’s happening throughout the film events. It’s acceptable as it is, because it’s an escape from reality where everything is valid in a non-sensical way.
Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo are brilliant as their chemistry shines on screen reflecting longtime friendship and bringing back their humor after ten years from their comedy hit “Bridesmaids”. Jamie Dornan was a surprise especially that his role is completely different from what we all have known him for in the “Fifty Shades” trilogy. He has to be involved in musical numbers and be part of silly jokes and situational comedic scenes that can come out bad if he is not truly feeling the glamour and fun involved. The movie has a wonderful cast that genuinely cherished the whole experience in addition to hilarious cameos from some great actors that made me jump with laughter and joy.
It’s a delightful & funny comfort film. The kind of film that would work best in a sold-out movie theater with a group laughing and giggling with every line and cheering with the corny and silly twists. The bright summer colors are vibrant and vivid, the costuming and production design were well implemented adding to the quirkiness of the two middle-aged funny women and their obsessions with “Culottes” and accessories.
The movie is an escape that I believe we all needed, a well paced movie that delivered its message and fulfilled its purpose, it’s all about the brilliant energy and true belief from two actors and screenwriters that know how simplicity can lead to outstanding moments of happiness.
Available on PVOD starting tomorrow 2.12.2021.