Written and Directed by: Zach Braff
Starring: Zach Braff, Kate Hudson, Josh Gad, Joey King
Zach Braff’s second attempt at playing a fictional version of himself was not as successful as his first. Why it might not be fair to compare the two, “Garden State” is an interesting refreshing take on coming home and finding love while “Wish I Was Here” is an aimless tale of pretty white people problems and redemption. The writing and actions feel forced, contrived, and rushed while the characters and script don’t delve deep enough for you to connect or care about them making a story of redemption and finding personal happiness pointless. The music was sweet and whimsical making for a nice soundtrack but got lost in directionless cinematography. The saving grace of the film is Joey King’s performance; she gave a wonderful nuanced performance as the struggling preteen, and has cemented herself as a rising starlet in my book. “Wish I Was Here” ends with everything getting wrapped in a nice little bow but fails to deliver a package worth opening.