“Struck by Lightning” was directed by Brian Danelly and stars Chris Colfer as the boy who gets struck by lightning and meets his death in that fashion. The first thing I found hilarious, not because it was irrational but because it seemed inorganic, was that Carson (Colfer) was speaking to us after his death about his life. Man I would have wished that was part of the story, that concept alone kept me awake as I was watching this film. I don’t mean to insult anyone, everyone did well! There was Rebel Wilson, Christina Hendricks, Dermot Mulroney, Sarah Hyland and Allison Janney all of which played regurgitated characters that they themselves brought new life too…so congratulations on that? OK back to the story, after Carson suffers his death he begins to reflect on his life…focusing on his last year of life. Carson isn’t exactly a likable guy but I was still interested in this young jerk, he has high aspirations of becoming a professional journalist and has made sure that his grades and extracurricular activities reflect that goal.
Carson is the dream student in paper but in person he is just a pain in the butt but his life isn’t as good as his grades are…he comes from a broken family. He lives with his mother, Sheryl (Janney) who’s a bit unstable and hooked on alcohol in addition to medications. His father, Neal left them abruptly but comes back with a brand spanking new fiancee with child: April (Hendricks) and as you can imagine this is going to create some stirring. These are some of the things he has to deal with at home let us not forget that school can bring about some issues and it does. Carson isn’t exactly popular, his ventures…even though they are made with hard work are not taken seriously. Carson’s plan includes being accepted to one school and one school alone but to his surprise that school is asking for a little more than he’s been able to provide so he and Malerie (Wilson) hatch a plan to blackmail the popular kids in school. Malerie is the only friend this kid has and together they gather up dirt to blackmail everyone including the top cheerleader, Claire (Hyland).
Doesn’t it feel like a movie you’ve seen before? The independent movie has been getting mangled by the film industry and ‘ta-da’ we have ourselves a formula. Like I said, the performances were fine but this story was coined as a comedy/drama and I did not cry nor did I laugh…I think it’s safe to say that this was a failure. The film tried to tackle divorce, death and the kind of stress an overachiever can gather but it did so with no heart or substance. I didn’t get my Phix because this story took thought-provoking themes and degraded them to cliches.