Crystal Fairy Movie Review
The little girl from Field of Dreams is all grown up and naked in Crystal Fairy, in which she plays a free spirit who gets on the nerves of an anxious Michael Cera. What ensues is an oddly alluring comedy-drama where nothing much happens.
Crystal Fairy stars Cera as Jaime, an eager young man who is on a mission with friends in Chile to obtain and consume a fabled hallucinogen on a beach. He invites a young woman (Gaby Hoffmann) to join them on their trip, unknowing that her carefree and often eccentric attitude will drive him up the wall. But when they finally do consume the drug, all bets go out the window.
Crystal Fairy is surprisingly good, even though I will likely never have an urge to ever watch it again. There is nothing complex about the story - a group of young people drive across Chile, end up at a beach and get high - and yet there is something alluring about it nonetheless.
The magic lies in the way writer/director Sebastián Silva develops the conflict between the two characters. Conflict is at once barely there and glaringly obvious. More importantly, Crystal Fairy is a movie where there should be a protagonist and an antagonist, and yet it's impossible to pick a side. Crystal Fairy is annoying in many ways, but she grows on you over time. Meanwhile, Jaime begins as the voice of reason but his anxious approach to everything slowly turns him into an equally complex character. Eventually, the two meet somewhere in the middle, and their character arcs, no matter how subtle or discreet, make complete sense.
Crystal Fairy is not a movie for the masses and many will likely find it boring or shrugworthy. It is neither, but it is a movie that in a year I probably won't remember. I think the title character would be more than fine with that.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.