Samuel Evan Horowitz
Two men and a road trip of sorts may sound like a lot of things, but in this case, the road trip just happens to be the journey to what is supposed to be an easy score. But like many road trip movies and, in fact, real-life drives from point A to point B - things manage to change somewhat en route. For Francis and Danny, AKA Danny Boy, that short amount of time is enough to be life-changing.
"Danny Boy" is interesting because of the fact it should be so uninteresting. This ten-minute short film essentially amounts to two guys driving around in their car - and the conversations that occur. It doesn't sound all that appealing except that it actually is. The banter between the two men feels real and gritty as it sees-saw back and forth from funny to the opposite of funny faster than you could snap a finger. The message of the film is one of homophobia and old-school ideals. But, as Danny says in the movie, the world is different now, and some people are simply tired of catering to the old-school way of thinking. "Danny Boy" really shifts gears during that final act, and if you're wondering how it all turns out for these two hardened criminals - you'll simply have to watch to find out. Considering this film is only around ten minutes long, that shouldn't be a problem. Right?
My biggest complaint about this short film is that it actually feels like a scene from a larger production. "Danny Boy" feels incomplete - like sitting down to watch a film halfway through. On the other hand? That's not really a complaint now. For me, it simply means that "Danny Boy" was good enough to leave me wanting more - more meat to chew on. From a technical standpoint? The film looks and sounds pretty damn good, in my opinion, and I especially love the color grade - the smoldering end of the cigarette looked awesome, by the way. The two leads did a fantastic job with their characters, and honestly? What more is there to write other than I really enjoyed this short film?
When it's all said and done, "Danny Boy" is a well-acted, nicely put-together film that unfortunately ends right when I felt it should have been starting. But what's wrong with that? Leave them wanting more, right? This film offers a look at a changing world through the eyes of not a hero - but a villain... how cool is that? This flick was well done and very easy to recommend. Four stars.