Monday, November 10, 2014

The Life and Death of Tommy Chaos and Stacey Danger

Written and Directed by Michael Lukk Litwak, this short film is called: The Life and Death of Tommy Chaos and Stacey Danger and it is the tale of two star-crossed adventures who are madly, deeply in love. All they want is to be together, but whether in outer space or at the bottom of the ocean, conflict always finds them. And sometimes that conflict involves dinosaurs with lasers attached to their heads.

Sounds good to me. Let's watch...

It was a little Wes Andersony, right? 

Or a lot, really... it's a lot Wes Andersony, but without any actual Wes Anderson.

Okay, maybe that's a little mean. Maybe it's a little too easy to say something like that about a short film like this just because of some similar shooting styles and script choices and set aesthetics. It might seem a little flippant, and imply that the film is nothing but preening poses and glib witticisms ringing hollow. And I'm sure Michael Lukk Litwak probably hears that particular charge a lot too, just like I'm sure it's probably pretty upsetting to him, because it probably seems more than a little unfair, too off-handed and too curt, which is, honestly, a pretty fair assessment of that particular charge. Saying this short film is "a lot Wes Andersony, but without any actual Wes Anderson" is a fairly dismissive criticism.

But it's also kinda true...

Not that there weren't some good parts going on here. For all of the film's pretentious and (intentionally...?) faux-depth, there was definitely a lot of fun too. I mean, dinosaurs... with lasers on their heads? Come on. What about Tommy's reaction to the Megalodoons? Classic. And the big switch that turns the submarine to a spaceship? That was some real magic right there, kids.

But then the tone changes...

Oh, so it's a relationship metaphor, huh? Great... that's just great (sarcasm). And it's an incomplete metaphor too, huh? That's a bold choice (more sarcasm). Meh (not sarcasm).

I'm iffy on this film, your mileage may vary,


the library bird said...

love this! you should make short films

Jon said...

Too many other people involved. I'll stick with just writing stories