Release Date: Aug. 28
Director/Writer: Robert D. Siegel
Cinematographer: Michael Simmonds
Starring: Patton Oswalt, Kevin Corrigan, Michael Rapaport, Marcia Jean Kurtz
Studio/Run Time: First Independent Features, 85 mins.
Wrestler writer’s directorial debut shows promise
Before Robert Siegel wrote The Wrestler for Darren Aronofsky, he wrote a screenplay called Big Fan about a Staten Island parking-lot attendant who spends his nights and weekends obsessing over the New York Giants and their star linebacker. And before that, Siegel edited satirical newspaper The Onion, which may explain why both of his dramatic screenplays are built on deep currents of absurdity—it’s in his blood.
In the hands of a stronger director, this material could make a taut, ironic thriller. But Siegel edits scenes without rhythm or confidence, and he lets his story sag badly in the middle when his character lacks motivation. Still, the disorienting finale, which is somehow surprising and inevitable, comes together nicely, and the complex themes woven into the tale show that Siegel has great potential as a storyteller.
Watch the Big Fan trailer: