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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Audacious & Well Written Fable Inspired Short Film "Crocodile" Will Make You Double Take!

"CROCODILE" (2015)
Genre: Fable
Length- 3:37
Company:  X-Film

Harry (Callum John Geddes) is a child with an anger problem and a troubled home life.  After punching his mother (Keely Beresford) in the butt and storming away from her, he encounters a talking crocodile (Adam Fuller) behind some abandoned trash and learns there may be another way to live his life, away from the domineering hands of his parents.

So what happens next?

You'll have to watch this one and find out . . .

OH SWEET MOTHER OF GOD

There comes a time in every reviewer's life when they review a movie so shocking that it literally freezes their brain.  "Crocodile" is that movie for me.

I was so sure it was going one direction, and it took a COMPLETELY different path, and it turned SO hard and so fast that it left me in the dust and literally gaping at the screen.  HUGE props are owed to writer/director Matt Harris-Freeth for surpassing my expectations in every way with this film, and for lending an otherwise completely ridiculous premise with an extraordinary depth that will literally leave you thinking about what you just saw for a long time after you see it.

Not bad for three and a half minutes of your time.  Not bad at all.

NOW FOR OUR FEATURE PRESENTATION

"Crocodile" itself looks great.  It's got a cinematic look, with a slightly desaturated coloring that makes the crocodile's gaudy green pop SO much on the screen.  It looks so attractive, particularly to a child's eye that you can see how you'd have to stop and look at it and talk to it.  I wanted to talk to the crocodile too.

As a matter of fact, my wife was playing Myths of the World: Spirit Wolf, and she mentioned how she loved how cute a hedgehog looked on her screen, and I mentioned how awesome this crocodile looked and how I wanted one too.  That's how awesome he looks.

CONCLUSION

"Crocodile" is an HONORABLE MENTION of Forest City Short Film Review's MUST SEE SHORT FILMS of 2015!  (Since it was released in 2015, it is not eligible for 2016's list.)

Literally, everything about this film not only works, but excels.  In other words, you can't let yourself miss out on "Crocodile" -- there is NOTHING you could do with three and a half minutes of your time that you wouldn't be better served watching this short film.

So get to it!

OVERALL SCORES:

Writing: 4 / 5.  The story's tight as can be, and somehow manages to pull off a beginning, middle and ending in three and a half minutes while providing a sketch of our characters.  That ending nailed me to my seat.  WOW!
Directing: 4 / 5.  Harris-Freeth delivers a visually varied show that combines what is otherwise a "normal" drama with an eccentric children's show, and then starts throwing in a couple off-kilter shots here and there to start building tension.  Loved it!
Editing: 5 / 5.  Couldn't have been done any better than it was -- the pacing is dead on, with a heavy punchline.  The coloring is amazing, the cuts work great and the happy color of the credits contrast with the gravity of what we just saw brilliantly.
Sound/Music: 3.5 / 5.  Pretty standard issue here -- well recorded dialogue, and an inspired usage of "Never Smile at a Crocodile" performed by St. Winifred's School Choir courtesy of Disney/Parlophone.
Acting: 4 / 5.  Very well acted across the board.  Particularly of note are Beresford and Fuller, the former for her VERY authentic performance at the end, and the latter because he's just so darn likeable as the crocodile friend every little boy just wishes he had.

Final Grade:  4.1 / 5.

Don't forget to check out "Crocodile" and follow the creators on Facebook!



Thanks for reading! I'm a screenwriter and script consultant. Most recently, I've worked with LMC Productions and Mad Antz Films in Australia. I helped mold Goodybag Productions' award winning screenplay "The Teacher" and Michael Maguire's feature length script "The Wolfpack", which is still in development.

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