Wed 6 Dec 2006
This is what I wear everyday.
Independent film fans rejoice! Christopher Guest and company are back with another free-scripted film, “For Your Consideration”.
This time around, the group portrays the cast and crew of a small, independent film. During production, someone tosses the word “Oscar” into the mix and the hijinks ensue.
Guest and his main collaborators have become well known for their mockumentaries during the last 20 years, most notably with “This is Spinal Tap”, “Waiting for Guffman” and “Best in Show”.
With “For Your Consideration”, they broke the cycle to some degree. It’s much more of a traditional film than a mockumentary.
While some longtime fans may be disappointed, I think it’s good for a change. Doing the same thing over and over again, while it has been funny, it boxes the group in creatively and this marked a way to escape that for this and future projects.
The film itself hasn’t seemed to engender the same kind of fervor the others did but I think people are just confused about this not being a mockumentary.
I thought the cast was as funny as ever and O’Hara especially gives one of her best performances. Her character was over the top like so many of the cast but the underlying insecurities and vanities of the actress she portrayed came out wonderfully.
Each principle actor has their own storyline that Guest and crew follow and weave together to present the whole picture. For a film buff like myself, this was great fun and while some of the other films presented zanier characters, there was plenty of craziness to go around on the project.
That’s due in large part to the slew of cameos, including Larry Miller, Jane Lynch, Richard Kind, Rick Gonzalez, Claire Forlani, Sandra Oh, Rachael Harris, Jennifer Coolidge, Ed Begley Jr. and Ricky Gervais.
The ending result is a great collaboration of artists creating the look and feel of an independent film production.
I’m giving “For Your Consideration” a 3 out of 5. It had a nice mix of behind-the-scenes humor and all-out insanity.
The film kept a constant smile on my face and stands up to the quality of Guest’s other films. Any fan of his films probably already saw this film but if you haven’t, be sure to check it out.