Feb 26, 2019
This is 16 minutes I will never get back.
The plot is simple, fitting of a short a few minutes long, nothing to comment on really, I think it was aiming for touching or sweet, somehow, but even if it wasn't a little off, everything else destroyed it.
The pacing was probably the worst part of the entire thing. Countless unnecessary cuts that just stretched on and on, this short was AGONIZINGLY slow, as well as jarring; the scene of the dream has about 6 5-10 second cuts of the old man just walking up some stairs. I wasn't counting, but I'm not about to go back
and rewatch it. There were entire scenes that had no purpose. There were scenes that weren't even scenes. Judging by the description, this short should have had around 3 scenes. I'm quite sure it had about 10.
The animation was amateur at best, which by itself it bearable, but amongst everything else, the old man's sleeping face is the stuff of nightmares. Some of the sets were decent, but the lighting was too poor to really say.
The sound was unpleasant, offputting, and the entire time there is a strange scuffing clacking sound, like a poor representation of someone walking in wooden sandals, but I don't know what it was supposed to represent at all, other than to give you the feeling you're in a nightmare.
There is an old man. This old man does several things in the short, non of which seem to be of any consequence, but who can be sure? The only thing I could call a characteristic would be his little finger being longer than all the rest. This old man had no character. The turtle had more character. It broke into his house and turned up in his dream, gives you a mysterious look in front of some conveniently placed photos and leaves. The old man basically just walks and sleeps, eats, goes to the toilet (apparently they had time for that in their 16 minutes) and goes to bed. Now I probably wouldn't leave the house with that face either, but shuffling and opening doors is not character building.
I wouldn't wipe my butt with this if someone printed it on bog roll and left it in my bathroom.
Don't watch this. And even if you decide to put yourself through this, do NOT show it to children, I genuinely think this would give some kids nightmares, it's unsettling af.
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