With his award winning role on Glee Chris Colfer has showcased his numerous talents in singing and acting. While the show has gotten a bit off course, his storylines are about the only ones that always delivered mostly due to his performance. Now he has stepped out of the world of Glee and into his own lead role in Struck by Lightning that he not only wrote the film, but it’s based on the book he wrote. There are a lot of actors that receive a lot of critical praise, but when they step into something else fall short. Will this be yet another break out role or wish for him to stay in the world of Glee?
Struck by Lightning follows a high school boy desperate to escape the idiocy of the people in his hometown try’s to create a way he can move to New York, attend the college of his dreams and do something other than live in the footsteps of his drunken, divorced mother. Along the way he blackmails his fellow students into contributing to his literary magazine and discovers what it’s like to feel accomplished. This was one of those surprisingly good movies that live up to its title as that’s how you will feel when you see it. It isn’t the greatest movie by any means, but it was just a refreshing well-acted film with a good story complete with humor, drama, and heart. Colfer steps up like a champ and proves that he does not need his insanely great singing ability to carry a film. You never really know if an actor can change up the persona they are known for, but thankfully Colfer does a great job of it. There is nothing wrong with his Glee character, but it just would not have worked here and glad to see he created something new and refreshing for this film. Besides Colfer the film sports a decent supporting cast including Dermot Mulroney, Allison Janney, Angela Kinsey, Christina Hendricks and the always great Rebel Wilson. The two stand outs beyond Colfer come from the Office’s Angela Kinsey in a brief but funny and memorable role and Wilson who down plays it a bit from her normal insanity.
This film starts off a bit unexpectedly but quickly lives up to its name. At first it feels like just another teenage coming of age story, but slowly goes in some interesting directions and tackles some pretty serious situations while never letting it get too heavy. Whether you are a fan of Glee or not is irrelevant to Chris Colfer’s ability as an singer, actor and now writer just proving that he is going to be a force to be reckoned with in the industry and will be interesting to see what he does next.