“Skin” (2018)

One of this short film’s biggest strengths is its direction and production values, which is really good and looks great. And one of its biggest weaknesses is the script, which thinks that it’s so much smarter and complex than it actually is. You can tell this was a short where the ending came first, and they reverse engineered to get to it. Extremely on-the-nose and lacking in subtlety and nuance, but not really doing anything all that offensive either, this film doesn’t have anything new or original to say about racism, which makes both the praise and hatred it’s received feel unwarranted; it’s just a middling run-of-the-mill short film, with above average production values. Nothing more, and nothing less.

Rating: 3/5

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