You may, or may not be aware of this, but Chris Colfer (of Glee fame) has had a very busy last couple of years. Not only was he filming episodes for his hit TV show, but he also published a children’s book. Oh, and he also wrote and starred in a movie called “Struck By Lightning.”
Now, when “SBL” didn’t pop in the theaters, most people seem to have written it off as not worth their time; and I’ll admit, for a while I was one of those people. Then I received my free birthday code from RedBox. I had been hoping to rent “Side Effects” but that was not to be (they didn’t have it yet out). So, as I was debating the merits of two cop movies, I suddenly noticed Colfer’s face staring back at me from the kiosk. I thought, “why not,” and took “Struck by Lighting” home.
Before we go any further, let me clarify that yes, this is a teen movie. Many critics seem to have blasted this film early on for that very reason alone. What many of them seemed to have missed however, are the differences that this film brought to the table. Let’s start with the fact that Chris’ character, Carson Phillips, dies almost right away, and yes it is lighting that does him in. What follows is a look at the events that led up to that moment in his brief life. I’m not really one for movies with a sad ending, and therefore this might not seem like the type of movie that I’d be recommending, but here I am doing just that.
Since you start out knowing that his character dies, you also know that this isn’t going to be the typical hero wins in the end kind of movie. Adding to the complexity of this film, is the fact that Colfer’s character isn’t the typical teen hero (it’s a bit of a departure from Colfer’s Glee persona). He, Carson, has a knack for rubbing people the wrong way throughout the film; but as you learn more about his life you see why that is; and sometimes despite yourself you start to root for him.
If you give this film a chance (which I highly recommend you do) what you’ll see instead of the typical teen drama, is the lesson that “Struck By Lightning” was trying to get across all along. Through the lives of all the characters in this movie we see that, all though it may be that fate can intervene in rare extreme cases, the most common thing that stands in the way of our dreams actually turns out to be ourselves. Something to keep in mind when trying to make changes in our own lives (for example, when you’re trying to find ways to be more green :)
So, if you’re looking for something to watch this weekend, rent a copy of “Struck By Lighting.” It will be worth the $1.29, so give it a chance.