Confession: I am very excited for Big Fan. There are a few reasons for my growing excitement but today’s excuse is this wonderful trailer, courtesy of Yahoo Movies. I’ve been jazzed to see this since I heard the brief outline sometime last year, and the moving images do not disappoint. Patton Oswalt is our star here, playing what seems like the true story behind his “King of Queens” character, or a clinically depressed Remy from Ratatouille. I have always enjoyed what Oswalt brings to the party, and his stand up routines are comedic gold, so his inclusion is inspired.
The directorial stylings you see are provided by Robert Siegel, who is making his debut. You may know him as the former Onion writer that penned last years gloriously amazing drama The Wrestler (yes, I liked it). This takes it’s tack from that, with the deranged mind of a dangerous obsessive. Always interesting, I think you’d agree.
This is all very well portrayed in the trailer, with Oswalt being painted as someone who lives for his football team, and apparently little else. This is tested when a chance encounter with the star of the team forces him to choose between family and team. An easy choice for you or me, but when all you have is devotion to sports, its not as easy a choice.
Suffice to say I’m signed up, unfortunately I live in Scotland and no release date has been confirmed, those of you lucky enough to live in we-get-everything-first-land, correction: America, get to see this on August 28th.
What do you think? Are you a fan of Big Fan?