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Movie Reviews – Merrill Photo News

Movie Reviews – Merrill Photo News

BY CHRISTOPHER STAMM
GUEST FILM CRITICISM

Hector and the Quest for Happiness (Currently showing in theaters)
This movie is rated R – I don’t know why

Hello everyone – long time no see. I know it’s been a while but life is life and as we all know it can be hectic. But rest assured, I still watch movies in that dark theater and often shake my head in disbelief that some of these movies ever got made.
There have been some bright spots in cinemas this year, but sadly they’re now the exception rather than the rule. Here are some highlights: Furiosa: A Mad Max EpicIt was amazing, Godzilla Minus Oneand of course, Dune part 2but these were the highlights; another one would be nice too Sinful Man.
With Disney doing its best to tell its audience it hates them, and the major studios rummaging through their basements for remakes or reboots (with plenty on the horizon), now officially out of ideas, I’ve been digging deep to find overlooked gems.
And success! I found one for you. Hector and the Quest for HappinessReleased in 2014, it disappeared a few days later, and I’m here to tell you, this movie got a bad deal. Simon Pegg plays Hector, a good and compassionate psychiatrist who comes to the conclusion that he doesn’t help his patients because he doesn’t quite understand what happiness is. Much to the chagrin of his long-term girlfriend, Hector decides to set out on a quest to find what happiness is and how to achieve it.
Along the way, Hector meets a billionaire businessman who has forgotten what happiness is, a monk who finds happiness everywhere, a drug dealer who only wants his wife to be healthy and happy, a medical doctor, an African warlord who is lost in his quest, and a medical researcher who is searching for the chemical reaction of happiness. Along the way, he connects with each of them, and they all play a role in helping Hector find happiness for himself and those he loves and cares about.
It’s worth seeking out. It never seems contrived and its only message is to find your own happiness. And it will have a direct impact on those around you.
Hector and the Quest for Happiness It has a top-notch cast and we root for Hector in his quest. After all, aren’t we all in search of happiness?
Currently streaming on Amazon Prime, HEctor and the Quest for Happiness For some strange reason it’s rated R and I give it four out of five stars. It’s just a very good movie.