A joke with a way-too-long build-up
U.N. Owen from NYC
26 August 2015
IMDb the barista (Short)
I searched YouTube to find this, because I'd seen John Dies At The End,
and I wanted to see one of the leads in that - Chase (a name which was
once nice, but, is now sorely overused) Williamson.
Lately, I've seen 'actors' putting their own 'trivia' listings in pages
about themselves, and I've seen people who've made films, which, are
not just amateurish, but, will never - ever - be shown anywhere, never
seen by anyone (but, by themselves) posting this garbage here, under
the guise it'll help them get 'exposure.'
Wrong. It won't. It's not just annoying, it confuses people.
This short - The Barista - almost comes close to straddling this line.
It is well put-together, but, in this day and age of Macs and iMovie,
anyone can put together something with a semblance of polish.
My problem with The Barista is its one of these projects which is
similar to a joke... a long- winded joke, which, does have a punchline.
The question is, whether-or-not the build-up to the punchline is worth
the drawn-out preamble to it.
As the synopsis of The Barista says, the barista of the title may, or
may not have a dark secret.
The problem here, is once you remove the opening, credits and all, and
the end - credits, as well, you're left with a 'joke' which is played
out over approximately 5-6minutes.
Once the viewer understands what the 'secret' may-or-may not be (15
seconds), I really think this is nothing more than a big, BIG yawn.
There's a terrific short, named Bambi Meets Godzilla. If you've never
heard of, or seen it. You should look for it, I believe it's probably
It's animated, and the whole film is perhaps a minute.
It begins with a shot of the titular Bambi, eating grass, as the title
appears, it gives way to the opening credits - the whole time, Bambi's
just chomping on the grass. ; 'idea conceived by...,' Gpdzilla
originally designed by...' And on, and on.
This goes on for perhaps 30 seconds.
When the opening credits do end, a giant Godzilla-foot comes slamming
down on top of Bambi, and, all that's left are four splayed deer legs
protruding out from under Godzilla's foot.
After this, the credits role - again; 'the end,' and then the
perfunctory 'drawn by,' etc. credits role.
Here, they realised the build-up,to the joke was important, but, they
also knew not to go on SO along, and, even though this film is very
well-known, and well-liked (and deservedly so), it's designed so the
viewer starts to get antsy with the length of the opening credits - and
as I said; the whole film is under a minute.
Now, compare Bambi Meets Godzilla - a big build-up for a quick
punch-line, to The Barista - also a big build-up to a quick punchline,
but, the interminable length of The Barista is way, way too long.
As for Mr. Williamson, he's not bad - not terrible, but, still, I do t
see anything which separates him from a plethora of '25-35 y.o. white
males' (a quick bit about me; I DO work in the legit film business -
'legit' being film and television work, and that's how we look at ALL
actors; in partitioned groups. There's not enough there of Mr.
Williamson to say he's memorable, but, he does have a pm engaging
As for the other roles, I believe the actress who's at the register is
Amanda fuller, and I must say - even though she's on-camera for
probably under 30secs in total, I liked her. The actor who's the
customer - who instigates this whole thing - Morgan Brown (I DESPISE
hyphenated names, and 3-named people. Trying to 'separate' oneself from
the crowd should be your abilities, NOT a gimmick - NOT your name), in
a way, I feel bad for him, because, he's stuck doing variation upon
variation of the same build-up, and has to (needlessly) do this for
almost the entire length!
He is a bit Paul Giamatti-ish, in his appearance here, and, though I
credit him for being stuck doing a thankless drone, I wish I'd seen him
do more than just the same one-note shtick.
I think the 'blame' for my dislike of this goes to the
behind-the-camera people, who are a little too impressed with what they
felt would be a 'har-har,' funny ... with-a-twist (sorry - no
spoilers), but, couldn't stop just going on-and-on, rather than just
edit this down to perhaps 1.30.
There's MANY actors (I know quite a few), who are such egomaniacs, they
count the number of lines they have, and compare it to others in the
cast, and get in hissy fits, if they feel they should get 'more lines.'
The ones I like and respect - as well as many others in the business -
are the ones, however, who've no problem surrounding themselves with
talented co-stars, because they u dress down its not just one
'ingredient' which makes a good meal, great. It's a combination- and
how they're put-together.
When one's sure of themselves, they don't need to be built-up with
adjectives, I.e., 'most lines, biggest trailer, most screen-time,' etc.
They're secure enough to allow others to work, and sure enough to know
it's not the length, as much as how good the end-result will be.
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