Crystal Fairy & The Magical Cactus and 2012 (I have no idea what the purpose of the 2012 part is) is a strange film which is difficult to summarise as it isn’t really part of any genre nor has a real story.
At the start of the film we are introduced to Jamie (Michael Cera), an American who is living in Chile. He goes to a party and whilst drunk/high asks another American partygoer Crystal Fairy (Gaby Hoffman) to join him and his friends on a road-trip to find and drink from a hallucinogenic cactus.
To his surprise Crystal Fairy agrees and the film then follows the journey to find the cactus and the effects of the drug on each of the characters. It is a mellow indie flick which focuses on characters over story, we are given a realistic portrayal of life in Chile through the eyes of a young traveler. The only problem being the characters aren’t great, in-fact almost all of them are irritating… be it Cera’s whining or Hoffman’s over-the-top hippiness the entire film is just a draining experience.
The film also severely lacks a genre of any kind – I feel as if it’s supposed to be funny in, like, an ironic way? But it’s not. It could also be seen as dramatic in, like, a serious way? But it’s not. The film just drags on and on with the audience becoming as impatient Cera’s character. Although whereas Cera’s character wants to take the cactus in order to improve his life and have a mind opening experience, the audience wants him to take the cactus in a hope that film will improve. Something it does not.
I’m sure there are many people who love this film and will analyse it intently, finding many hidden meanings about disillusionment of youth and the loneliness of society, this reviewer however is not one of them.
Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus and 2012 is a pretentious movie which feels completely pointless in every way.