Visioneers is a film that makes you laugh in the least expected ways. The film is a cross between Office Space and something Michele Gaundry would direct minus all the stop motion and felt. Actually, strike that this movie has loads of wigs and dream sequences to that’s got to count for double the felt even if there isn’t actually any felt in the film.
The film has numerous ways of mocking corporate culture while giving us neat little windows into the living hell that the protagonist George Washington Winsterhammerman, played by Zach Galifianakis, must endure.
Despite the films humorous high concept and charming lead the actual meat of the narrative is surprisingly dark. The movie moves at its own plodding pace. It’s a strange meditation on depression, reincarnation, sexual frustration and the phonetics of the English language.
The film also has a delightfully low budget aesthetic. That is to say, the film has a great production value but not a lot of money. Which is a style of inventiveness that I really enjoy. This film was also made before Zach Galifianakis was everywhere in the Hangover films. He’s really likeable in a film.
Strangely, the element of the film that I found most endearing and outright hilarious is the way that the people, in the mirror universe that the film takes place in, pronounce the word chaos. They pronounce it CHAY-OSS. It’s utterly silly and a complete non sequitur but still sticks with me to this day. Oddly enough, I quote it in conversations frequently.
The slow grind of unhappiness that permeates the film is embellished by delightfully over the top dream sequences where George Washington Winsterhammerman dreams that he’s the president George Washington. The film is ultimately a story of redemption and reconnection but probably would have been more poignant if Galifianakis’ character had exploded, like so many other members of the Jeffers Corporation. Overall the film accomplishes what it sets out to do with relative ease and even manages to surprise and exceed expectations at multiple points.