Let me assure you, you’ve never been served with something as strange as what you’ll see onscreen in “Delirium In Restaurant ‘Romance’” – I feel like I just ate this short film up! Right from the way that the introduction lures you into the very concept itself. Stumbling upon some bizarre place to eat in the woods - out in the middle of nowhere during the dark of night, to the incredibly odd way the restaurant itself seems to spring to life with its staff - and the wackiest server to have ever taken an order. Director Shawn Backstrom understands how to get us interested from the moment we start watching. Credit to the ‘Compañía Delirio’ as well – aka, the cast, who wrote this script – all hands on deck have ensured that you can’t help but become instantly curious as to what in the heck “Delirium In Restaurant ‘Romance’” is going to be about! This is my kind of crazy y’all; consider me absolutely HERE FOR IT.
To a large degree, it feels like we’re watching the film equivalent of a theatrical performance, and that feeling works to great effect. Rather than have every scene we see feel static and two-dimensional, everything you experience throughout the course of this wonderfully zany oddity feels like it’s in 3D and like we could reach out and touch it ourselves. Or, at the very least, like we’re right there sitting in the front row as this all plays out in front of us; the end result is very similar; we feel like we’re interacting with the restaurant and the characters onscreen as we watch. As a person that already has a hard enough time hanging onto reality, let me tell you firsthand – you feel like you’re trippin’ balls as you watch this!
For the style of movie that “Delirium In Restaurant ‘Romance’” is, the acting came out spectacular from all involved. When you consider how essentially far-fetched this concept is at the root of it all, you want to find those fairly over-the-top kind of performances to match the vibe, which is exactly what you get. Not only are the lead characters awesome, but as you watch the way this plot twists and turns as it plays on, you feel like the restaurant itself truly deserves a credit - as part of the official cast.
The tone and mood of everything you’ll see is playfully mischievous, and you really don’t know for sure what it is that you’re about to see. There are comedic elements, eeriness, and an element of mystery to it as well - and a somewhat ominous feeling like the whole film could depart into a complete Horror show at any moment. The longer it plays, the more intense it gets for our main characters and the more fun we have along with them onscreen. There is genuine cleverness to be found everywhere you look, whether it’s in the paintings you see, the table settings, or the use of smart effects like when “Delirium In Restaurant ‘Romance’” heads into an old-movie style black & white segment with splashes of color. The uniqueness of this film stands out with every new opportunity that presents itself to us along the way.
Complete with dishes and eyelashes that are straight-up outta this world, this is a tale of two lovers like you really haven’t seen before, and I can promise you that it won’t be something you’ll forget anytime soon. This is, without a doubt, one of the strangest films I’ve ever had the privilege to watch, and it never lets its foot off the gas – it simply becomes more strange, more bizarre, and weirder the longer it goes on. What’s perhaps the most impressive aspect about this entire film, however, is that it’s not just being odd for the sake of being odd, know what I mean? There’s a completely tangible storyline at the heart of it all that keeps you watching, and actually dare I say, endears us to the characters we meet onscreen too.
This whole inadvertent adventure that the main characters of Serena and Marcelo have found themselves in is something you have to experience to believe. Words don’t do a film like this one any real justice – at least not the ones that I’m equipped with. This is one of those moments where you’d only be doing yourself a disservice by not taking the plunge and diving into the blissful unknown that this film embraces - with such wide open arms. It’s visible art from start to finish and an absolute riot to watch. Every person you’ll see in this film committed to every scene they’re in with no reservations or hesitation in the slightest, and it makes all the difference in the world - when you know how much of a task that would be. They’ve been asked to essentially step into a completely different realm and plain of existence altogether, and unified as one entity between the walls of this marvelously strange restaurant, they’ve completely nailed it from beginning to end. Clearly, what can only be described as a Cult movie, the closest thing the average person would have had to seeing anything at all that even comes close to this in the mainstream - would be the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” – if you’re a fan of that, believe me, you’ll LOVE what you see in “Delirium In Restaurant ‘Romance’,” because this is a little similar, but on steroids.
As IF this film needed another helping of brilliance, I was literally left speechless by the ending and how cleverly this was written. While there’s almost something that could be done a little better in every film or movie you’ll ever watch, I struggled to think of any spot where “Delirium In Restaurant ‘Romance’” fell even one iota short…and I really can’t imagine finding a better way to be entertained on the inside of a half-hour than this. I’m giving “Delirium In Restaurant ‘Romance’” the highest rating I’ve given out so far in my stint as a movie reviewer, with a solid four and a half stars out of five. I know deep down that a film like this is probably not gonna be for everyone, but it was definitely for me, and I truly can’t say enough about what I’ve seen here. I absolutely loved every morsel of this, and I already want seconds! “Delirium In Restaurant ‘Romance’” is real art come to life - in the most strange and beautiful way.