Hector and the Search for Happiness | Pegg charmingly melts your heart


– Please remain in your seat until flight comes to a complete stop..

Bless me Father, for I have sinned.  My last blog post was 464 days ago.  Since my last post, there has honestly been several movies worth the key strokes.  Alas, the lazy virus took the best of me.  Luckily, I had a 24-hour energy boaster drink that allowed me to write these words..

Psychiatrist Hector (Simon Pegg) finally sees the bore that is his life.  He abruptly decides to leave his perfect girlfriend Clara (Rosamund Pike) to go on a global journey in search of happiness.  Thus unfolds the adventure of a life time.

As expected, you will experience Pegg’s amazing comedy.  But, you will be surprised by his skills as an actor.  His ability to transfer his scene’s emotions to you are just unbelievable.

Adding to Pegg’s performance; you are treated with a great soundtrack, artistic use of Hector’s travel journal, and the great cameo performances (including Jean Reno, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgard, and Toni Collette).  Hopefully, this will be enough to entice you to add this to the must see list.  Because by the time you reach the credits, you will be filled with a warm light.

Title: Hector and the Search for Happiness

Genre:  Adventure Comedy Drama

Rating:  R

Length:  114 minutes

Year Released:  2014

Viewed Through:  Netflix Streaming

Netflix Streaming Gems – Last Ride

Jesus, that person is standing on water.  Photo courtesy of mubi.com.

Jesus, that person is standing on water. Photo courtesy of mubi.com.

like watching a crack addicted version of Ed O’Neill’s Dutch.

29 December 2012, I drove from Tampa FL to my home in Apex NC.  I was able to complete the trip in 10 hours starting from 7 AM and finishing at 5 PM ET.  I know what you are thinking, “Damn that is fast”.  You’re damn right.  The trip completely exhausted my physically energy.  Plus I left my mother, sister, and two nieces.   Let’s just say, I was tiny sad too.   I decided my relaxation would be to watch the Australian movie Last Ride.  By the end of the movie, I was balancing myself on the edge of falling into the fetal position crying a river.  Of course, I didn’t.  I’m a MAN.   Real men only cry to movies like Last of the Mohicans, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and Forrest Gump.  Right?

Last Ride placed my emotional state on 90 minute roller coaster.  Ex-con Kev (Hugo Weaving) is forced to escape with his preteen son Chook (Tom Russell) deep into the bush of Australia.  The short adventure allows Kev to roughly guide Chook through many life lessons.  Unknowingly father saves his son’s life.

Weaving and Russell perfectly complement each other in every scene that dramatically flip from delight to pure pain.  Their chemistry is just darn right perfect.  Everyone remembers Hugo Weaving as cool shades Agent Smith from the Matrix Trilogy, however I will remember him from this performance.  If you want to fill 90 minutes of your life with a drama adventure, check this movie out.

Title:  Last Ride

Genre:  Australian Drama Adventure

Rating:  NR

Length:  98 mins

Release date:  2009