“Imitation is Suicide” (2016)

This film has a basic understanding of what should go into a short. Unfortunately, the execution is amateur. This is not a bad premise at all for a short, but it’s not capitalized on. There are good ideas here, like having all the extras wear dull, colorless clothing to contrast the protagonist’s colorful outfit. But the direction is just flat; there’s no style here whatsoever. Also, the usage of Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” as the background music just seemed uninspired, like they couldn’t even be bothered to think of any other music to use. Also, I couldn’t help but think that you really could’ve pushed this premise much, much further rather than this very basic, surface-level execution. I don’t want to be too harsh on it, because this was clearly made by someone who is clearly still learning the ropes of how to make a film; someone who has potential, but isn’t quite there yet. And hopefully he’ll continue to grow in his craft and make something great.

Rating: 2/5


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