Feb 21, 2018
Just like many of his very vague looking works, but with really deep meanings to them, this is yet another short by Yutaro Kubo, under the title of “Crazy for it”, just the name of the creator should be enough to build up an image on the visuals you're going to be getting, this is a special kind of shorts, where the viewer's attention is highly required, the art can serve as both eye candy, very entertaining and very relaxing to look at, but also is a dangerous distraction, you can't tell if it's done by purpos or not, but the catch and the moral
of the story ought to be hidden and/or at least not easily caught on, that way, the viewer is rewarded for understanding the signs that not a lot of the viewers even noticed at the end of the short.
- Story (7/10):
This a story about redemption, about knowing what's like to fail but never giving in to failure, a story about hardships and overcoming them. It all starts when a male figure stars directing at you, knowing that the only thing that visually separates the both of you is a screen, which could also refer to as a mirror, in order words, you're looking at yourself, the author wants you to think of that person as yourself, he wants you to experience something relatable, something we all at some point or another went/will go through, the figure starts off by washing their face, indicating that they just woke up, then immediately gets ready to brush their teeth, as soon as they toothpast makes contact with their teeth, the visuals change completely, showing some abstracts of someone running towards something, the author wants you to think of it as you following a dream, running down the path of life so intensly acomanied by a heavy color swapping, which could indicate immotions, the figure would struggle time to time, collapsing and then standing back again to complete its run with nothing stopping it, filled with a lot of energy and compassion.
At some point, tall structures begin to grow, with the figure voices them back and forth, those are the struggles that would stop one's dreams and pull them into depression, we see the figure's hand open up to the horizon, that could symbolize hope, and the nearby reward for a great effort, the figure continues running until we're back to the same guy brushing his teeth like nothing happened, now, was that all his imagination? Was he day-dreaming? Was he thinking about the distant goal? Maybe it was all about the journey of the toothpaste being rubbed on his teeth, no matter it was, our character has a life to live, he has dreams, he has things to look forward too, after all, we all do.
- Art (9/10):
The short consisted of multiple sketches, abstractly colored, there was often a change of the style in both the animation and art, the use of colors was very strong in some parts, but completely absent in others, they emphasized certain emotions perfectly, it was so amazing how a sudden change of style can really make something stand up from the others, like the human anatomy figures used in complicated dance poses.
- Sound (7.5/10):
Very fast paced, was suitable to the animation, it blended well with the motion and backgrounds, nothing major remarkable, it was amazing to see how multiple instruments were used to achieve a certain “hype” for few moments, like how the track started very simple, to only get complicated as the short progressed to only fade out at the end.
- Character (8/10):
The main protagonist, who feels like a teenage adult that gives you that relatable vibe about him, you can see how calm he is, casually doing is morning routine, till we enter his mind, where we see how he wildly thinks, and he pictures aspects of life, and how compassionate he is.
- Enjoyment (8.5/10):
What really brought me here is another of Yutaro Kubo works, “00:08”, another fantastic piece of art, my main satisfaction was with the relaxing feel of the visuals and music, the catch behind the short wasn't half bad either.
- Overall (8/10):
Yes, it is another of those “not-for-everyone” movies, I would recommend this to the more mature type of viewers, the ones that are looking for something realistic and relatable.
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