On Saturday, the day after watching Jimi: All Is By My Side, I decided to go back to the The Ritz Five theater to watch Hector and the Search for Happiness. While watching the previews for the movie a month or so ago, I saw Simon Pegg and I knew that it had to be entertaining. I’ve loved all of his projects especially Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. When it comes to movies, I can usually tell if a film will entertain and thus far I’ve been right on the money (Donnie Darko is one of the few exceptions that truly surprised me). If you enjoyed Eat, Pray, and Love then I’m certain that you will find this film to be quite a cinematic delight (Check The Rhyme!)
Hector and the Search for Happiness is based on a french novel written by Francois Lelord. Our protagonist, Hector (Simon Pegg) is a psychiatrist that desperately wants an escape from the mundanity of his current environment. After having to deal with the endlessly agonizing issues of his patients, he finds himself questioning his own happiness. He travels from London to Shanghai, Africa and Los Angeles all the while documenting in his journal the meaning of happiness and experiencing a life that he’s always desired. The film has its comedic and dramatic moments which mix very well with one another to deliver a rich story that will surely whisk you away with Hector on his travels of self discovery. This Peter Chelsom directed film features a star studded cast featuring Rosamund Pike, Toni Colette, Jean Reno, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgard and Barry Atsma.
After watching this movie, I may have to find the book via Amazon or Barnes and Noble and add it to my reading list.