Prepare to experience an alternative take on attraction. Boys On Film explores the darker side of romance with a collection of edgy, controversial and sexy short films that have wowed film festival audiences the world over.
Expecting a cozy night outside of the barracks, Seok visits his boyfriend Min-soo who is serving in the military. However when Min-soo's mother questions their relationship, the only answer they can give is that they are 'just friends'.
Jared is closeted. Sam is straight. They find a connection in each other that they've never had before, but where do they go from there? Over the course of three nights, six gay men sat ... See full summary »
On completing his training in a secret elite army unit, Eitan is taken out by mates from the unit to celebrate. During a night of drinking in Tel Aviv he learns things about the unit and ... See full summary »
Despite his marginal and extrovert looks, Jeremie is a shy teenager who keeps a heavy secret: his homosexuality. While trying to find his way between his classmate and sexual fantasy Damien... See full summary »
While I didn't hate this short as the other reviewer, I have to agree with him about many things, specially concerning the lack of personality and convincing motivations of the main characters. And yes, he is also right about the love scene from this short being "corny to the extreme": When I saw it, my first reaction was to chuckle, since it was the kind of scene one would find in some bad fanfic written by a teenager.
The rest of "Candy Boy" isn't much better, unfortunately. The aforementioned isn't the only part of this french animation which shows a fanfiction-level writing, with the main characters being just mere cardboard stereotypes: The eponymous Candy Boy is the typical naive and innocent hero (Which won't be so bad if at least he or the rest of the cast had more discernible personalities) Samy is the typical "bad boy" of the school who is always smoking, the mother superior is strict and villainous and she looks as she was always angry...You got the idea.
In my opinion, anime aesthetic doesn't go very well with flash animation. Most of the time, the flash animations influenced by anime look cheap and poorly made, and sadly, this short isn't the exception.
While the premise is somewhat interesting, the final result leaves too much to be desired due the flat characters, bad animation and entirely unconvincing script, where the only remarkable moment is a incredibly cheesy love scene that literally came out of nowhere and feels shoehorned. This is a short which I personally won't recommend.
Also, "Candy Boy", seriously? What kind of of name is that?
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?