There are some real sweetness about Pottersville.
Unfortunately, there are way more that is stupid about Pottersville.
Pottersville had that cheesy, sweet Christmas movie feel from the early 1980s, but there were so much that was dumb that it cannot be ignored.
Maynard (Michael Shannon) is a kind-hearted shopkeeper in the small and unsuccessful town of Pottersville. When Maynard discovers that his wife is having an affair (SORT OF…), he gets drunk, puts on an ape outfit and runs through the night (It makes more sense in context…somewhat). When the people of the town think that he is Bigfoot, the town suddenly is engulfed by news agencies, people coming to hopefully get a glimpse of the ‘squatch, and the arrival of reality star Brock Masterson (Thomas Lennon) preparing to shoot a new episode of Monster Finder in the town.
Of course, once Maynard realizes that the town is profiting and becoming successful from his accidental bigfoot romp, he continues to don the costume, only to make people happy.
There is so much stupidity in this plot that you have to really shut your brain down to enjoy the story at all. There are some great actors here, Michael Shannon, Jusy Greer, Ron Perlman, Ian McShane, Michael Torpey, but none of them elevate the material beyond a stupid saccharine-sweet made for TV Christmas movie.
The dialogue is atrocious. It does not sound like real people at all. Thomas Lennon could have been a great villain out of the shades of Carl Hiaasen’s villain of his fantastic book Chomp, Derek Badger. Thomas Lennon’s Brock Masterson just falls flat.
All the scenes of the group in the woods are extremely reminiscent of teh reality show Finding Bigfoot, right down to the tree knocks, the night vision camera and the squatch calls. I feel like I have seen it before.
The whole story ends up with a Scooby-Doo reveal that was only missing the line” and I would have gotten away with it, if it hadn’t been for those meddling kids.” Of course, that is not the exact end because the movie should have a happy ending.
The film is meant to be filled with a big heart and a lot of humor. The problem was none of the humor worked. It was low brow and stupid.
I was actually looking forward to this, being a fan of bigfoot, but this was not worth the time. Michael Shannon is always good, but there is only so much he can do.