Hector And The Search For Happiness Review by Daghan Dalgic

Once upon a time, there was an internet movie reviewer called Daghan. He watched 'Hector And The Search For Happiness' in an airplane after reading the book. Daghan chooses to refer to himself in the third person, just like Hector. Then he realizes how stupid it is. Daghan will stop now.

Unlike many, I am one of the people who did not enjoy the book. It has a very fun and ambitious story but the way it is written is not intriguing at all. I felt like the entire book is like a list of occurrences. They are very cool occurrences but it doesn't have heart. The author is trying to impress and interest the reader by constantly throwing stuff but the lack of colour and emotion makes the book very slow. It is about a psychiatrist called Hector, who realizes that he is unhappy and he isn't helping is patients as much as he should so he decides to travel to different parts of the world to find the meaning of happiness. 

The movie stars Simon Pegg as the lead, who doesn't really need to act to make himself likeable. He does a good job but we are yet to see a role that takes him out of the comfort zone. It also stars Rosamund Pike, who delivered a jaw-dropping performance in 'Gone Girl', but this role seems too shallow for her. In my opinion, she is one of the most talented actresses out there, and seeing her potential be used not to its maximum is quite sad. Overall, the acting is on point. There is nothing bad or exceptionally good.

The first 20 minutes of the film is the build up to the big adventure that the audience knows he will take. The director did some experimental ways to show his life but It gets very repetitive. When he does start the journey, the audience pretty much knows around what the story will base upon. It did not bother me but I can definitely see this being annoying for some people.

A big majority was fun and very entertaining. It was all a giant roller coaster of emotions. There were some EXTREMELY cheesy parts but it was a heart-warming experience. It was full of colours and energy. However, to be fair, I began this with very low expectations. The movie erased some weak parts and incorporated some new elements that made it better than the book. A movie being better than a book!? What kind of blasphemy is this, you ask? Well, it's true.

Overall, this is not the perfect inspirational film. It has plot holes and some cringe worthy scenes (in terms of clichés) but it is the best way to adapt a bad book into a movie. It's a good time for sure and I was surprised with how much I enjoyed it.

Score: 7/10