The Son of Bigfoot is a classic hero’s journey tale, where a young, unspectacular teen finds out that he is actually more special than he ever imagined.
And from the title, you can probably guess what that is.
It is a well-worn story structure, made famous by the likes of Star Wars, The Matrix and Lord of the Rings. If a movie is to become a standout, it needs to have a sense of wonder about the new world the characters encounter - a lead worth rooting for, surrounded by strong side characters, and a powerful villain that you love to hate.
And The Son of Bigfoot doesn’t really have any of that, outside of maybe the villain, who is like a James Bond baddie with his giant hair and ridiculously delightful evil corporation design.
The story follows Adam Hairy Son (sorry, Harrison), a normal teen who is constantly bullied at school, who can’t understand why his body is changing (don’t worry, it’s just a reference to puberty, not actually puberty).
He soon discovers that his dad, who was seen being chased at the start of the movie, is not actually dead but alive and well, which prompts Adam to go and find him.
In searching for his father, the producers sort of skip over the literal journey part as he hitchhikes, and soon finds out his dad has been hiding out in the woods all these years to protect his family, because he is Bigfoot.
But not in a scary, Chewbacca way, because he still has his face and his perfectly styled hair, and thankfully he is wearing pants. Basically he’s like Bigfoot might be if he had a modelling career.
And then Adam sees his father’s world, things go wrong, things go right, the villain makes threats…all fairly standard stuff.
But you aren’t going to see The Son of Bigfoot because it broke the mould, so does it pass the most important test: Will it entertain your children?
Of that, I’m not sure.
Adam’s story may be quite inspiring as it shows that young children can transcend their surroundings and make something of themselves.
There are some moments that are quite funny, and if you’re looking for a new haircut, this movie might provide you with inspiration.
But for a movie that introduces the infamous Bigfoot as a runway father figure, it doesn’t really have a lot of wonder to it.
It just goes through the motions, introducing things that are quite spectacular in ways that make it seem less so.
Adam, realising that his dad is Bigfoot, doesn’t really have a “wow, my dad is Bigfoot!” moment, which you’d think would surely happen when meeting one of the most famous creatures on earth.
And that seems to be the problem with this movie: It’s just trying to finish as soon as possible, and the potentially interesting aspects of the world that you’re shown just seem to breeze by, aside from a couple of examples.
Think about Moana, where she was amazed by each new thing she was introduced to, met exciting characters. That movie also had a great soundtrack, which all made it feel so magical.
This movie doesn’t try anything like that, but at least it’s short.
During what could be great spectacle, Adam notes how this is, “just like a Disney movie,” which might make you sad when you think how much better the people who made it could have done.
So I’d recommend you just skip the middle man and watch a Disney movie instead.