I've never seen any film by Mathney but I know from other comments that
this film was made in the wake of him winning an Oscar for a different
short film. Perhaps as a result of that win, this film has an odd air
to it, like it is trying to do or prove something maybe "I'll make
whatever I want despite the accolades", but I'm not sure. Indeed for
the majority of this very short film I did feel like I was on the
outside of this film and that I was missing a lot. The plot is simple
and obvious a girl advises a guy on an upcoming date only for guy to
realise that she really wants to be the subject of the date, not just
an adviser. In addition to this the film also appears to be an advert
for fig soups?
To me it didn't work as either and just felt like there must be
something that I'm missing. As a film it is rather obvious in every
regard, the plot goes where it goes so obviously that I was waiting for
it to know it with a knowing humour or some sort of self-depreciating
nod towards the viewer but it never did. Likewise the advert side is
so front and centre that I keep waiting for a bit of a smart twist in
that regard, but again nothing. Even the coffee adverts in the UK (was
it Nescafe) that had the flirting couple managed to do that with some
spark and humour but here there is nothing. As actors Mathney and Pearl
don't seem to really have a chemistry other than the one the words
force on them they really needed something there unspoken to make it
work but it didn't.
I'll make an effort to check out Mathney's Oscar winning film, because
I really think I'm outside of the "joke" here with this one. To the
casual viewer though, this short film is just obvious and lacking in
any wit or spark that it really needed to be more than an odd curio
doing the basics.
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