4 December 2016 | mote99
A fun and quirky dramedy that isn't afraid to ask big questions...
Grand Unified Theory follows the story of an unusual weekend experienced by Albert, an astrophysics professor, and his family of four. So many strange and wacky things happen on this particular weekend that some might call it a "family meltdown." A full nuclear meltdown wouldn't produce many more sparks than this one! LOL!
Intercut with the family's personal dilemmas and misadventures are Albert's lectures at an unnamed university. In this way, the film draws parallels between the forces at work in the universe and the forces at work on human behaviour. Director Ray's film is always fun, but it's never afraid to ask some big questions about life and our place in the universe.
Everything works here: from the crisp cinematography to the terrific ensemble cast. All of the actors are very good, but the performance of Scott Bellis as Albert really stands out in my mind. He seems to have been born to play this role. The same could be said for Kendall Cross, who plays Albert's wife. There is more than one terrific performance in this film.
Anyway, Grand Unified Theory gets a big "thumbs up" from me! If you enjoy quirky indie comedies, you'll probably enjoy this one as much as I did. And hopefully it will get some kind of theatrical release in the future, because this movie's excellent cinematography deserves to be seen on the big screen.