Archive | July, 2014

An Idiot Abroad, aka Crystal Fairy and the Magical Cactus (2013)

4 Jul

crystal fairy magical cactusSorry to disappoint you if you were hoping for a review on the Ricky Gervais-produced TV show, but honestly I have found that show rather boring. I’ll try not to judge too harshly, since the movie I am about to review here might be boring to many of you: Crystal Fairy and the Magical Cactus.

hoffmannJamie (Michael Cera) takes you on an anxiety-ridden and socially awkward journey through Chile, as he searches for a coveted San Pedro cactus to make into a nauseating soup which will lead him to trip balls on a Chilean beach for a day. Joining him is the ever-dramatic and wonderful Gaby Hoffman (whom you may recognize as Adam’s sister in HBO’s Girls or as the best friend character in the new abortion rom-com, Obvious Child). A group of Chilean locals bring these two through their adventure, though how they met up with Jamie in the first place is never quite addressed. One thing is clear, you will get annoyed with Jamie first, then you’ll notice the Chileans follow suit. Crystal Fairy is somewhat irritating in her own right, but she means well.

I am the queen of slow-paced movies, but my viewing companion had a tough time with the way this movie progressed. You know what they say though, it’s all about the journey not the destination. It can be hard to be patient with their quest for the San Pedro for about half of the movie, especially because Jamie is also so high strung and anxious during the hunt, you can’t help but have it rub off on you. While viewing this movie several thoughts will cross your mind repeatedly: Are they ever going to find the San Pedro? They’re never going to find the San Pedro. Is something bad going to happen? I think something bad is going to happen. I won’t spoil it by giving you the answers because I do want you to watch this movie. It didn’t quite reach critical acclaim, but I’d give Crystal Fairy and the Magical Cactus an A.