I’m sure all the “Gleeks” (I don’t use that term condescendingly, by the way) will be ecstatic to see Chris Colfer make his feature debut in… well, anything. The rest of us? We’ll require a little more than name and facial recognition. Which is to say that someone like myself — who’s never seen more than, I don’t know, three minutes of the show — watched the trailer for Struck By Lightning, only wondering why it all looked so cheap and rote.
A shame, because the story sounds like it takes a different look at the world of high school; the main character even dies right at the outset (in a manner you can probably figure out for yourself), narrating his tail of blackmail posthumously. But, almost as a complete negation of originality, you’ve got your high school cliques, the determined outsider, his own little group of friends, wacky parents — we could just go on here. I’ll give Colfer a tip of the hat for extending his grasp at such a young age and writing an original script by himself, yet I don’t know if that’s really “enough” for me to give this any kind of pass. Now I will, in all likelihood, never actually see the film (barring some great reviews) — maybe it’s best that I just let it be.
Watch the preview below:
Directed by Brian Dannelly, Struck by Lightning also stars Angela Kinsey, Allison Janney, Christina Hendricks, Dermot Mulroney, and Rebel Wilson, and will open sometime this year.
Has this trailer created any interest in Lightning?
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