Mitch, a self-absorbed blues musician,
returns to his home town to see his dying father. Pushed by his sister, Mitch takes
his father to chemo, where he meets Gabby, who is there with her mother. Gabby mistakes him for the one undergoing treatment and later, a date at her apartment has an ending he never could've imagined.
Written By: Adrian Reynolds
Directed By: Michael Stevantoni
Another one. Another surprise. Another great short. I'm starting to wonder just what films are going to be like in another few years. For the longest time I thought the 'Golden Age' was over. Lately however my notions are starting to change and I can't help but think film entertainment is going to rock again! What does all that have to do with Michael Stevantoni's short film? One word. Talent. This was a great showcasing short film. From start to finish. I'm very pleased to have gotten the pleasure of watching.
Like so many shorts before it and probably so many after, It Is What It Is starts simple enough. In a car and with a guitar. Right away you realize this is going to be a great looking short. I remember thinking "Really great framing for an opening shot" and that was just the start. My point is that every shot in the film is well framed and planned. There's not one shot I can think of that seemed off! The best part? It's done so well that it doesn't look planned at all! I'll describe it like this. Cinematographer drops the camera down and begins to record the shot. It just kind of happens that there's something cool in the frame, or the actors just happen to move onto the exact spot they should to be framed properly. Of course, that's not the case but because it all looks so natural that's the minds only way to perceive it. In it's simplest form this short film is a demonstration of how to film a movie! That in itself is an amazing feat but it doesn't stop there. It Is What It Is was written very well. When the characters speak it always comes across the way it should. Maybe a little funny or sad but always real. Adrian Reynolds has a knack for writing and it shines through clearly. The casting was also excellent! Writing only goes so far without a good group of actors to play the parts. I usually like to point out any cheesy patches I find in Indie flicks but in this case... I got nothing. Not much else to say about the cast which is good. As a general rule a compliment without any "But's" is the highest one can get. To the cast (All of them) of It Is What It Is... Spot on.
The audio here is crisp for the most part and well mixed as well as the choices used for scoring. Nothing seems out of place or lost in a sea of hiss. There are a few spots that sound a little off for one reason or another. The tone just didn't seem to match up or something minor like that. Quickly forgotten though and not a big deal. The editing was was slick and done really well. Nothing super fancy, but that in itself screams talent. From an editors standpoint It Is What It Is was put together with the intent of complimenting the story, not overtaking it through a bunch of fast, off the wall edits. The end result, of everything listed above resulted in a short film that really is a treat to watch. Normally, I would end with my closing thoughts but in this case I think I've already made them clear.
At some point It Is What It Is will become available. When that time comes do yourself a favor and take a look. Creators and viewers alike will find this 11 minutes of good entertainment. I know I did. Cheers Cast and crew. Thanks for the time well spent.
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