Sunday, September 27, 2009

when the highest a movie can achieve is a tinge above mediocrity

FLASH OF GENIUS is a biopic about of a man named Dr. Robert Kearns, the man who invented the intermittent windshield wiper. the movie stars greg kinnear in the titular role and he does it with style and substance. in fact, kinnear may be one of the most charming and likeable actors today and his presence takes a film to new highs. this movie is mostly about patent law and a court case to determine if ford stole his inventions. that being said, its not going to be a thrill a minute exciting rush of awesomeness. john grisham it ain't.

flash of genius is ok but it had the potential to be so much worse. a world where every story deserves a movie sounds intriguing but unfortunately, that would result in a lot of boring films being thrust out. while the story of bob kearns is interesting, it isnt the most fascinating subject matter. kinnear is the real hero of this movie. he sells his role and plays it with conviction and heart. it is thanks to him that the movie is the greatest it can possibly be.

i watched this with moderate interest with occasional folding of laundry and lazy web surfing and by the time the film ended, i was sorta glad i watched this flick. i also realized that there was nothing i would improve upon. the highest aspiration for what this can be was attained; a decent, sometimes dull, vaguely unmemorable film. so congrats to all involved for making a passable film about something that for all intents and purposes should have been dull beyond words.