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‘Big Significant Things’ Film Review: Not As Significant As It Thinks It Is

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Harry Lloyd, best known for his role as Viserys on HBO’s Game of Thrones, stars in Bryan Reisberg’s indie film Big Significant Things as twenty-something year old Craig. A week before Craig is supposed to move to San Francisco with his girlfriend Allison (Elisabeth Gray, in a vocal role only), Craig lies about work to go on a solo road trip around the American South to look at some of the world’s largest things. And… that’s basically it for the plotline.

With such a bare bones premise, you’d expect for there to be some mind-blowing writing, or some interesting and dynamic characters, or perhaps excellent acting to carry the film. Instead what we get is a mess of awkward stiltedness as Big Significant Things tries to meander its way to some sort of point.

Craig as a character is particularly unlikeable. His behavior throughout the film is appalling, and any sympathy we could have mustered for Craig’s identity issues instantly disappeared in the face of how he decides to deal with them (he doesn’t), how he treats his girlfriend (like shit), and the buying of alcohol for minors so he can hang out with them (like a total creep). Seriously, dude, what the hell.

They’re even vague on what, exactly, Craig’s issue is with moving in with his girlfriend — is he afraid of commitment? Of becoming a husband and father? Is it that he feels like he hasn’t experienced life enough yet, and doesn’t want to settle down before then because he thinks he never will? None of the possible reasons are compelling enough to root for this guy.

Lloyd’s performance isn’t anything special, either, which further cements the character’s blandness. All the “deep” and “introspective” moments where Craig is staring off into the distance were actually just boring and kinda annoying. And practically every moment in Big Significant Things was trying for deep and introspective, delving into insecurities, big life changes, and the weird, awkward disconnect of being on your own and trying to fit into places and groups of people you don’t know – but the points never hit home, and they certainly never made us care.

There are big things in this movie, literally and thematically, but none of them are significant enough to warrant wasting 85 minutes of your life.

half star

Big Significant Things screened at the San Diego Film Festival last week. It’s scheduled for further screenings at New Hampshire Film Festival, Philadelphia Film Festival, and Twin Cities Film Festival throughout October. You can find more information at the film’s official website