Australian film Danny Deckchair is a charming, cute, funny love story about a Down Under, down-on-his-luck guy who gets a chance to fly to new heights—literally.
Totally depressed, Danny comes up with a crazy idea—something usually reserved for the overactive imaginations of children. Would he float off into the clouds if he tied a load of huge yellow helium balloons to a deckchair? He soon finds out when he has a bunch of friends over for a barbecue…and accidentally shoots off into the sky! When he finally lands, he's somewhere over the rainbow, in a little town far from home. It's a chance to start a new life. He cleans up (nicely) and begins falling in love with local girl Glenda (Miranda Otto). And he brings life into the small town, helping a local politician campaign, and charming all the locals. Meanwhile, to the rest of the country, he's become a missing hero and inspiration, and the world is on the hunt for him. In order to go from sportsman to real newsman, Sandy has gotten closer to Trudy, and is hoping that together, they will find Trudy's missing boyfriend so he will have his first huge news story. So naturally, it's only a matter of time before Danny Deckchair's old life comes crashing down on his new one.
The premise of the loser accidentally floating off on a deckchair of balloons sounds like it's going to be some real goofball movie in the tradition of Dumb and Dumber. But that's so far from the case here. The deckchair concept is simply a unique way to create an age old scenario—unhappy person changes identity and soul searches while in new surroundings, falls in love, and then has their past come back to bite them in the butt. It's been done before, yet, as usual, it puts a smile on your face. While nothing incredibly new, this cute little film is sure to be enjoyed by those who give it a glance. It's lighthearted, it's funny, and the cast is incredibly likeable, with the standout performance being by Miranda Otto as love interest Glenda.
THEATRICAL TRAILER—the movie transfer itself is much cleaner. This trailer is fuzzy & bland, with a rather muffled audio track.
TRAILER GALLERY—previews of four more films.
MAKING OF—the cast and crew discuss story, characters, filming, location, stunts, and balloon effects. While only 20 minutes long, this documentary manages to show a whole load of clips from the movie.
COMMENTARY with writer/director Jeff Balsmeyer and actor Rhys Ifans—these two know how to do a commentary. They are well aware they are talking to an audience, and address listeners constantly as they discuss details of the filmmaking process, the other actors in the film, and go on interesting anecdotal tangents.