The start of summer is often accompanied with wanderlust, a desire to travel and get away. When the sun starts to shine a bit brighter and the days become longer, I myself am guilty of vacation daydreams, mostly consisting of some blue water and some good times. So what better way to celebrate the beginning of summer than with a movie that not only embodies the spirit of travel, but also the feelings of togetherness and change that go along with any journey. That movie is Changeland.
Written, directed, and starring Seth Green, Changeland follows Brandon, who after suspecting his wife’s infidelity, decides to invite his best friend Dan (Breckin Meyer) on a pre-paid trip to Thailand.
I had the privilege of attending a private screening of Changeland and even speaking to several of the producers of the film (one of whom is my cousin so this review may be a little biased). It was great getting to know more about the behind-the-scenes making of the film because I have to say, I enjoyed the journey Changeland took me on. The film is beautifully shot with absolutely gorgeous shots of Thailand. The soundtrack, by Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy fame, flows surprisingly well with the scenery and helps establish that lush and vibrant mood.
The story at the heart of the film is about a man coming to terms with changes in his relationship, in his friendships, and in his life. Breckin Meyer is a clear standout, often pulling Seth Green’s Brandon out of his doldrums with some much needed charisma. What I wanted more from the film though was a bit more depth into the relationship between the two men. The pacing is quick and with a lovely run time of 90 minutes, the film more so skids on the surface of its true potential for the friendship. But maybe it’s fitting for a journey of this kind. You go somewhere new, you meet some fanciful characters (like those played by Brenda Song and Macaulay Culkin) who just might teach you something about yourself, and you enjoy this short time of bliss with someone who’s known you through it all. The rest can wait until you get home.
ALL IN ALL: While at times it plays like an ad for Thai tourism, Changeland brings heart and friendship into this easygoing watch.
On the Ticket Stub Love scale, I give Changeland 4 out of 5 ticket stubs
Director: Seth Green
Cast: Seth Green, Breckin Meyer, Macaulay Culkin, Brenda Song, Clare Grant
Run time: 1 hr 26 min, Rated R