King of California (2007)
King of California (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Starring: Michael Douglas and Evan Rachel Wood
Moonlit Morning Movie Rating: 5/5 Stars
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 63%
Rating: PG-13 for some strong language, mature thematic elements and brief drug references
Written & Directed By: Mike Cahill
Studio: First Look Studios
I really like this movie..
I must’ve watched this movie over 10 times since first finding it on the FilmRise Channel. It was listed under their “Feel Good” section and to me I would agree it is a feel good movie, however there are a few dramatic and serious scenes to the film as well.
There are plenty of humorous moments that should make you laugh or in the least bring a smile to your face. To me this is truly a great great movie! It feels like a, dare I say… a classic!. Interestingly how it feels so even though the story line is so untraditional.
Without saying too much, the basic plot line revolves around Miranda and Charlie. Miranda is Charlies 16 year old daughter who has been raising herself the past two years since Charlie was admitted to a mental hospital. Charlie is an aging Jazz musician who has lived, what seems to be, a very interesting life. It should also be noted that he is bipolar. I like how the film portrayed Charlie in a different light than other films I have seen in the past with bipolar characters.
One thing I really enjoyed about this movie is the overal visual tone. I loved the colors and setttings of each and every scene. I also appreciated how the movie really lets you come to your own conclusions about Charlie’s motives and actions. It is unclear, but to me it is very clear, that Charlie is not “crazy” lol. I also really enjoyed the acting and dialogue.
Some gifs from the movie:
Final thoughts.. (spoiler alert)
I wonder if Mike Cahill has any other films he's made? From a quick search, it seems not, but he must somewhere, no? I hope to see more movies from him in the future.
I almost forgot to mention how much I enjoyed the soundtrack to this movie. :)
Do you think Charlie's crazy for searching for this gold or do you think he's actually on to something? Me personally, I really don't think he's crazy! If anyone wants to argue, try me lol i can point out several scenes in support of my claim.
I like how it seems that although Miranda thinks her father Charlie is sometimes nuts for trying to find buried treasure, she loves him so much that she continues helping him. She respects that he is searching for something he really believes is there and also she really resists putting her father down for his strangeness but she did lash out at him when he sold her car. Also note how she was driving her car at the end because Charlie sold his upright bass to get it back for her. This is also interesting because it supports the feeling that Charlie is indeed not crazy..
Official synopsis (from DVD):
After spending several years in a mental institution, Charlie (Michael Douglas) is sent home, reuniting with his teenage daughter, Miranda (Evan Rachel Wood). Charlie becomes obsessed with the notion that a long-lost Spanish treasure is buried underneath their local suburban California Costco. Disconnected from reality and his daughter’s life, Charlie’s erratic behavior further strains their relationship and completely disrupts Miranda’s peaceful existence.
Initially skeptical, Miranda soon finds herself joining in Charlie’s questionable antics in an effort to believe in her father and give him one last shot at accomplishing his dreams in this darkly funny, exciting and surprisingly hopeful take on the modern family and the American dream.
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***Hope you enjoy this movie. Till next time, this is the first edition of Mmm Movies on Moonlit Morning.