Thursday, January 20, 2011
Review: Smoke [short film]
As of late though I've decided I should be more open to reviewing something regardless of how I feel about it. No such thing as bad publicity (he said knowing full well he was stretching the term publicity to the limit when speaking in terms of his own site) so from now on I'll give honest reviews to anyone that wants it.
A couple days back I woke to find an email from a Russian filmmaker named Grzegorz Cisiecki asking me to review a short film of his which was posted on youtube. Included was the above artwork and links to his movie and title on IMDB. Naturally I checked the IMDB first out of curiosity. The only review for it was from someone pondering why they had been asked to review the movie. It was at that point that my heart warmed to the idea of watching it.
First though, figuring he must have sent it out to every online film critic, I decided to see what others were saying. Sure enough I found other reviews that started with a description of an email out of the blue from Grzegorz (evidently, I don't speak Russian, if anyone knows how to pronounce his name I'm curious). I also saw that many seemed to feel that it was like he was channeling David Lynch. That just made me more interested in watching it, so setting aside a quiet moment to properly give it its due, I dove in.
First thing I was struck by was that the film quality and the lighting were rich and overall well produced. Secondly, that it was making me laugh when I seriously doubted that was the intention. It's 7 minutes long and that's about five minutes more than I needed for what is a couple steps above a perfume ad. I understand the comparisons to Lynch, but as far as I'm concerned, just cause something's surreal doesn't make it Lynch. It feels like he's trying to mimic a few different European directors but doesn't really have their true creativity.
I'll call a spade a spade and while Smoke isn't the worst short I've seen, it's just not a good film. It's striving to be something that's already been. In the end I couldn't help but feel that after the film was over I would receive a call informing me I had 7 days to live.
If anyone would like to check it out, Click Here
Then do yourself a favor and wash your mind out with this Short
I will say this in defense of the movie; that poster is pretty fantastic.