One joke but it more or less makes it to the end thanks to the vitriol, bitterness and cynicism of it all
In all walks of life and situations we have social conventions and norms which we follow because they work for everyone and without them it would be chaos. Keeping your harshest opinions and thoughts to yourself is one, but feigning interesting and competency is another. This film removes those aspects of life so that our characters all tell the truth while still going through their normal cycles. In theory the joke could have worked anywhere but there is a certain cynical bitterness to the delivery within the world of advertising – so much so I can only assume that the makers in some way have worked in that world.
Broken down into segments following a project through a series of meetings, this film really only has that one joke to deliver and, over 12 minutes, it is a big ask to make it work for that long without more. It does work though, because the film moves in those sections so that while we have the same joke, the detail and context is different. It also helps tremendously that it is so bitterly cynical throughout – so it is not just people speaking the truth about their opinions and motivations, but the extent to which they do it. It is all well delivered by the cast, including a young(er) Colin Mochrie; everyone gets the joke and their delivery is deadpan and effective.
It may only be one joke and it is a little longer than it needed to be, but the sheer vitriol and cynicism in the film is what made it work for me.
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