A young man must overcome a lifetime of sins of his father to put his life on the right track.
Written By: Kelly-Marie Murtha
Directed By: Kelly-Marie Murtha
So. Just checked out Kelly-Marie Murtha's short film Smart Work and I gotta say that all is well in Indie Film land. The fast version of this review? See it when you can. Period. The long version? Read on.
Let me start by saying that when it comes to Indie Flix, you never quite know what to expect. But, from experience, you can tell a lot about most Indie films in the first 30 seconds. Most of the time. How does that relate to Smart Work? Simply put. The 30 second rule doesn't apply here. By all accounts, this short should end up being your garden variety, low budget Indie film. A very gritty and real approach to the story it's trying to tell. This happens a lot with Indies. Sure. You have all the creative control in the world, but something is missing sometimes. Like... say... a half million dollar camera, and all the bells that go with it. This can make for a great storied film that takes time getting into. It also puts all the weight onto the actors themselves to pull up the perceived production value. Smart Work starts off this way, but soon, very soon you start to wonder if the 'Grit' isn't completely intentional. For me, I began to ask this at the start of the film, because I know the work from Alfredo Salvatore Arcilesi, who manned the camera for this venture. I believe the grit and realism presented are intentional. And serve a good purpose here.
All in all, Smart Work comes across as a Short Film that seems to play on it's own name. Smart Work is, in my opinion a great example of some Smart Work. Like I touched on above, the camera work suits the short perfectly. The scoring seems smart and completely appropriate for the movie, (Big shout out and thumbs up to both Ryan A. Moore and Michael Lerner! You guys pulled off a great audio experience) and the overall feel is really... Smart Work! The direction and the overall plot seemed tailor made for the people working on the project. Something that doesn't happen all the time. The pieces simply all came together.
Now. Here's the thing. My only real complaint is that I felt the actors should have had more lines. By that I mean there's not that much talking going on here. A lot of times that can work in an Indie Short. But here, in this case, the actors looked so capable, and so waiting to simply let loose and give us a great performance. It's all in the expressions they give through the movie. And with the expressions they give, I can't help but think some additional lines may have completely 'Upp'd The Ante' here. But I guess that's not really a complaint, rather a compliment.
Back to the rating game I guess. Like I said. How much above average? Well. What decided for me was one thing. Something not a lot of films (From anyone) really ever do, for me. What? Well, Smart Work actually evoked an emotion from me. That alone is almost unheard of. Sure. You can make people chuckle with a comedic sketch. But Drama is it's own monster. And for me, that one simple emotion bearing fact raised my rating. Bottom line? When it becomes available to watch, or comes to your City, be sure to check out Smart Work. Good job Kelly-Marie Murtha. I think you hit the nail on the head with this one.
My score for Smart Work? 4.0 / 5.0
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