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True justice would be if it were a full length feature
1 May 2012
A good short film manages to be compelling in a very limited amount of
time. A true talent does not need the standard ninety minute time slot
to tell a great story. Thankfully, Irish filmmaker Gerard Lough crafts
an interesting yarn in The Stolen Wings, his short and sweet fairy
tale. The Stolen Wings manages to pique the viewer's interest in less
than four minutes, but is sadly a victim of the short running time the
story and its particular medium champions.
The story here is typical of many famous predecessors in the swords and
sorcery genre. Retold by a young babysitter to her young charge, the
stolen wings of the film's title belong to a fairy who fell victim to
an evil sorcerer who wished to possess the last magic in her wings. The
crux of this story lies in just how much of the story told by this
young babysitter happens to be true. You know of course how this film
ends. You see it coming a mile away. But like all good things, the
success of The Stolen Wings lies in its execution.
Certainly this film is helped by the performance of lead actress
Natasha O'Brien, who lends the story of the stolen fairy's wings just
the right amount of magic, mystery and weight thanks in large part to
her lovely voice. She relays this story with a very arresting command
of its tone, just the right ingredient to keep audiences watching. The
film's score is also beautiful and is effective in luring the viewer
into a world of magic and wonderment.
Due to the restrictions of its low budget, The Stolen Wings cannot
exactly go elsewhere--to ask it to expand more on its already
intriguing story would be asking much of a film that given its short
running time, took nearly a year to make. This leaves the viewer with a
rather troubling conundrum; the stories Lough's short film pays
refreshing homage to are, in part, fascinating because of the epic
nature of their narratives. These stories are, oftentimes, the much
longer and more time consuming of the books you find in the library.
And if they don't exactly have length on their side, they make up for
this with all the twists and turns of a novel's worth of plot. A brand
new world demands detail and Lough's film is in great need of a big
budget re-imagining to give that fairy--and his audience--some justice.
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