Some other online types critiqued Big Fan for not being funny enough. These folks are, in the professional parlance, ding dongs. The movie is plenty funny but it’s not a straight comedy. Walk in expecting a Will Ferrell-esque romp and you’ll be horrified. But walk in expecting a darkly humorous look at obsessive fandom and you’ll be richly rewarded not just by Patton Oswalt’s sad, funny and unsettling performance but by the greatness of Robert Siegel’s writing and direction.
Now there’s a trailer at Yahoo! movies that reflects a lot of the tone of this Sundance gem. You should click here to check it out, and keep an eye open for this strange and wonderful movie when it comes to your neck of the woods this fall.
Behind every great book adaptation is a forgettable first try. — By Ryan Covey