If you are looking for some easygoing thriller/comedy, look no further, you have found it. Directed almost like a music video and with good production values, Nobel Son is a movie that managed to slip through the cracks. Directed by Randall Miller, famous for his 1992 comedy Class Act, it features a certain visual style that’s not expected in this class. You can also add the zany story and phenomenal dialogue to the list of surprises also. It’s truly amazing how Randall managed to pull this together. And all this is sprinkled with subtle dark humor that Alan Rickman does so well (among other things). Starring Alan and Bryan Greenberg, cast of Nobel Son is filled with familiar and experienced actors like Bill Pullman and Ted Danson. The characters are very well defined and they needed someone who can carry the weight of such a good script, so it is not a surprise to see these actors here.
Eli Michaelson knows he’s much smarter than your average human, his smug attitude is only bolstered by the actions of those around him. Normal rules of life do not apply to him, so his wife and his son Barkley must put up with quite a lot. He’s a chemistry professor and when he learns that he won the Nobel prize, this will take things to whole new level. He leaves for Sweden, along with his wife, to receive the award, not knowing that his son has been kidnapped…
Filled with quite sharp twists and turns, the pacing of this movie is amazing. Sometimes you can’t quite tell if you’re watching the same movie from a few minutes ago. The only problem with this break-neck speed and volatile characters is the overall sense of order and progression. This is perhaps the movies only flaw, because it becomes relatively incoherent at moments. With all this shit going on, it’s no wonder. It’s like the movie is trying to surprise with each scene, only to make you realize that your surprise has been unnecessary because the scene fits in perfectly with the rest of it. Redeemed by the sheer entertainment factor, dark humor and almighty Rickman, Nobel Son is a movie that you should check out. If for nothing else, then for its unusual style.
Director: Randall Miller
Cast: Alan Rickman, Bryan Greenberg, Shawn Hatosy, Bill Pullman, Eliza Dushku, Danny DeVito, Ted Danson
Fun Facts: Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson are married in real life, but their characters never interact. Danson’s role is little more than a cameo.