[This is a re-post of my Wish I Was Here review from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The film opens in limited release this weekend.]
It’s been ten long years since Zach Braff directed a feature film. Those that fell hard for Garden State—myself included—looked forward to seeing another directorial effort from Braff, and now the time has finally come with Wish I Was Here. Written by Braff and his brother Adam Braff, the story explores late-blooming maturity through the eyes of a struggling actor living in L.A. with his wife and two children. Braff weaves in plenty of themes about loss, marriage, and parenthood throughout the film, but he throws so much into the pot that not all of it sticks. The result is a disappointing mixed bag, with some of the film hitting just the right note while the rest of it falls completely flat. Read my full review after the jump.