Romance

The Girl

 

The Girl is an intimately shot film about love and loss. The short stylish scenes, the narration, and the music give it a nice feel. It has all the style it needs, just wish there was a little bit more substance.

 

3.5/5

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A Hopeless Romantic

 

The video and sound quality of A Hopeless Romantic aren’t exactly up to par. But while they do leave much to be desired, they’re not bad enough to hide the quality of good filming.

The narrative is fast paced and the style of film making suits it. The film features plenty of short sequences which visually provide the energy needed to keep up with the writing. Also the entire film is narrated, which is rare in shorts. Though not necessary here, the narration doesn’t fail and it arguably makes the film better.

The downside is that the tale and message is one we’ve all heard before, and can predict a mile away.

 

3.5/5

Same Place, Same Time, Tomorrow

 

The narrative of this film floats like a feather in the breeze. Everything is gentle and light, and the score compliments it. The story is pushed along through narration that is both written and delivered well. The lack of real time dialogue, the narration, and the simple piano score all work together to give this short film an anime like feel.

 

4/5

The Most Beautiful Thing

For the most part The Most Beautiful Thing is a paint by the numbers, typical “Ordinary girl meets really cool girl out of his league who somehow falls for him”. However it does manage to have an extra bit of depth to it. Though it may be a bit corny, it might still manage to emotionally draw you in by the time that it’s over. The score/soundtrack is overdone and too much out of place. The film manages to make up for it visually though. It has a lot of energy and cuts to keep things flowing along. Particularly the scene around the 3:40 mark is impressive but short film standards.

It doesn’t come without its hiccups, but worth the watch.

 

3.5/5

Signs

Signs is an example of a story that’s completely visual. There is no dialogue other than what you occasionally hear  in the background. The story that’s a big lacking. It’s pretty predictable, and the characters don’t seem too believable. That being said though, the concept is still pretty interesting. So much in fact that it appears Disney stole it for their Academy Award winning animated short “Paperman”. It’s ok though, the director of Signs has gone on to bigger things. He actually directed the action flick “The Expendables 3”.

3.5/5

Sure Thing

Sure Thing is one of the most unique shorts you’ll find. For starers it’s an adaptation of a short play. This means the great writing comes as an automatic, but by no means did the director  just sit back and rest on that. Everything about the cinematography of Sure Thing is excellent. The handling of the cuts, the choice of making it black and white, the timing of the closeups, the splitscreen, the lighting, even the location of the characters in the room that they’re in. To put it into perspective, I’ve seen other adaptations of this short play and none of them even come close in quality to this one. In fact it’s hard to imagine that it can be done any better.

 

5/5

Definitely Maybe

 

Definitely Maybe is an example of how not to make a short film. The plot isn’t original which is fine, but on top of that it’s boring and unconvincing. The directing is really bad, scenes are extremely tedious and are a drag to sit through. Watching Definitely Maybe is like watching a 3 hour silent film. Even if you do make it to the end, you’re bound to not care what the outcome is. The only positive is that there are no hiccups in the technical aspects of it.

1/5