Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 Mar 2016)
Brief Synopsis – A young man with a severe stutter tries to get along in the world of business and love despite his impediment
My Take on it – Short Films generally go under the radar of movie goers and it’s quite easy to miss out on a great movie just because it is short.
This movie won the Oscar this year for Best Short Film and it really deserves it because it is able to encompass so much in such a short running time.
I must confess that in this year’s Oscar pool, I didn’t pick this and instead went with the favorite Ave Maria (2015) which was thought by many to be the front-runner because of its political message.
Had I seen both of them before the Oscars, I probably would have chosen this one because I enjoyed it much more than the other one.
This film is light and charming and gives us some great characters that have problems that no one could know about just by looking at them.
All of the characters we meet though are seen through the eyes of an optimistic young man who hopes to one day overcome his speech impediment that keeps him from so much in life; whether it be getting help from customer service on the phone, giving a stranger directions or finding love.
He is quite articulate in his thoughts as we are able to hear them and sympathize with his utter frustration when trying to verbally express himself.
I would be interested to see what could happen if they tried to expand this story like numerous other short films that have been successful but regardless, it’s nearly perfect as it is.
If you get a chance to see this, I definitely think it’s worth the 12 minutes needed to watch it.
Can’t wait to see what Writer/Director Benjamin Clearly has for us in the future.
Bottom Line – Such a wonderfully charming short film. I liked the characters and we get to relate to them all through the eyes of someone trying to make the best of the life he’s be dealt. The fact that we get to hear his thoughts shows how easy it is for him to express himself in his thoughts, but conversely, he cannot do so verbally. Winner of the Oscar for Best Short Film this past year and it really is deserving of this award. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The book Greenwood decides to bring as present to the girl is “Franny & Zooey” written by J.D. Salinger, who lived as a reclusive for most of his life, just like Greenwood does in the film. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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