– by Linda Tran
Wish I Was Here tells the story of Aidan Bloom (Zach Braff), a struggling actor, father and husband, who is still trying to find his purpose in life. When his father falls ill, he ends up trying to hold his family together. Through the course of the inevitable struggles and challenges that come with a dying parent, Aidan gradually discovers parts of himself that he thought he’d never find.
The film, written and directed by Zach Braff, also stars Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin and Josh Gad (as Braff’s wife, father and brother – respectively). It’s a stunning story of the realistic challenges of life, and the impact our words and actions can have on those around us.
Wish I Was Here delivers a spectacular performance about family, honour, faith, dreams and passions, financial struggles, and fear. It is beautifully written and touches the hearts of all who see it; whether it is because you can relate to a certain character, recognise their particular hardships, or because of the hauntingly powerful dialogue that’s partnered with amazing acting.
The casting, in a word, is brilliant. Never would I have thought to put Zach Braff, Kate Hudson, Josh Gad, Mandy Patinkin and Ashley Greene in the same film – but here they are showing their versatility and raw talent.
They’re not dolled up with glitz and glamour, but stripped down, to be true to the average family – this is what makes them so relatable. When they laugh, you laugh; and when they cry, you cry. The fact that they can draw you in through the camera and take you on this emotional rollercoaster with them is just remarkable.
Keep an eye out for cameos from other well-known actors as well. Even though their roles may be smaller, the impact their characters leave is just as lasting.
Braff put together this stunningly beautiful film, which is written in such a way, that no matter who are; you will walk away from watching this feeling like you have learnt one of life’s many lessons.
I highly recommend everyone to go see this.
So grab a friend, the Turk to your JD, and set out to Cinema Paradiso or Windsor Cinema when it starts screening.