Thursday, August 22, 2013

Crystal Fairy - 2 stars

Sebastian Silva had 2 movies at the Sundance Film Festival this year.  Both movies were shot in Chile, and both starred Michael Cera.  One was called Magic Magic and it was really good.  But it's already available on VOD and DVD.  If it had a theatrical release, I didn't notice.

The other movie was not as good, and that's Crystal Fairy, or The Crystal Fairy and the Magic Cactus as it was called at Sundance.  Michael Cera stars as Jamie, an American tourist.  He and his local friends are planning on making a trip to some remote part of Chile where they will cook up a cactus with hallucinogenic properties, hang out on the beach and trip balls.  Before leaving on the trip, he meets a woman named Crystal Fairy at a party.  Since he was high or drunk at the party, he invites her to come along on the trip with them.  The next morning, a sober Jamie doesn't remember this and doesn't want her to come along.

She does, and most of the movie is their road trip.  They don't really know how to get this cactus, and they're always on the lookout for it.  When they do find it in someone's garden, the person who lives there is reluctant to sell any of the cactus.

Crystal Fairy is an interesting character.  She's into mysticism and she also likes to walk around naked a lot.  At one point Jamie comments on her grooming practices by calling her "Crystal Hairy".  She has a good sense of humor most of the time, even though Jamie makes it clear he doesn't want her around. 

The road trip was semi-interesting, but once they get to the beach and get high, the movie doesn't really go anywhere.  I was bored for most of this movie.  The only reason to see it is for Michael Cera's performance.  He is definitely evolving from the characters he played in Arrested Development or Superbad.  But if you want to see a better Michael Cera movie from this same director, watch Magic Magic.

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