Remember around this time last year, when Zach Braff decided that he didn't want to dip into his savings or get studio funding to make a Garden State follow-up, and instead scoured the pockets of fans everywhere with a very successful Kickstarter campaign?
Surely you remember the video, which expected us to believe that Jim Parsons, star of the biggest comedy on television, wasn't enough of a guaranteed audience drawcard for the studios/distributors:
At the time, to the dismay of Garden State fans everywhere (who presumably balled their fists in an impotent rage and listened to songs on their Walkmans in response), Chuck Klosterman said that Braff "appears to be asking for help he does not need. This is widely seen as uncool. But it's not necessarily unethical", but that also, "As it stands, I can't classify Zach Braff as anything worse than opportunistic."
Well, he got that money, and he's been very busy spending your (collective) $3.1m over the past year, and finally the teaser trailer for Wish I Was Here is, er, here, and you'll be pleased to know Braff didn't scrimp on his "songs by The Shins" budget:
As a companion piece to Garden State's quarter life crisis themes, Wish I Was Here apparently details "the story of a thirtysomething man who finds himself at major crossroads, which forces him to examine his life, his career, and his family".
You have to hand it to Braff, he appears to have utilised many of filmmaking's "cheap but effective" tricks: excessive slow-motion, underwater shots, even - by the looks of that final sequence - hailing down some passing fireflies. Now that's value for your money!
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