A breakfast of kings could not be considered as such without the inclusion of the ever mighty egg - so they say. But it doesn't stop there, heavens no. Eggs for lunch, eggs for dinner, and eggs for a snack are all valid parts of everyday life for a large chunk of society. It's with that in mind, "Egg On Your Face" proudly exclaims, "Here I am world!" as writer, director Josh Parkhill hopes you'll get a kick out of his short film. One thing is clear, I sure did.
Blaise Durrant is an egg chef - bear with me here - with dreams of bringing his simplistic yet infinitely complex egg creations to the world. He's put in his ten thousand hours, and knows everything there is to know about eggs. I'm not just talking about how to cook them either, but I'll leave that statement something of a mystery for potential viewers to learn themselves. As Blaise tells his story to the camera, we learn of the hardships he has faced trying to get his ideas off the ground, and where he eventually ends up... for the moment anyhow. Anyone who's ever had a dream will instantly connect with our beloved egg chef, and probably chuckle along with the film as it plays itself out. But don't worry, it's alright to laugh a little. "Egg On Your Face" isn't a true documentary - it's a mockumentary. One that is as much fun to watch as it is to eat a couple of eggs over easy. What's even more interesting is that as amusing as all of this is, there are hints of a sad, real-world truth hidden in plain sight - but for the most part, this is simply a fun little diversion. One I was glad to have been given the opportunity to watch.
First things first, "Egg On Your Face" looks and sounds great. This may be an independent low-budget flick, but it definitely doesn't look the part. From a production standpoint, Parkhill has pieced together something that would have no problem standing back to back with near any of its studio-budget counterparts. If you happened on this short film by accident, until you started paying attention to what was happening on screen, you would have no idea this film was created as something to be had fun with. From the excellently handled interview segments, to the well-done inserts along the way - I thought it was great!
And then we have Blaise himself, played by Quentin Bruno who quickly captured my attention and never let go. His character is meant to be a little ridiculous, that much is clear, and it all works like a charm. For a little over ten minutes, I actually believed the story Parkhill was feeding me via Bruno's eccentricities. Well, maybe that's a bit of a lie - but I sure had fun pretending I believed it - and I'm pretty sure you will as well. There's just something so damn entertaining about something you know is complete BS - the backbone of the fiction world.
"Egg On Your Face" is a silly, borderline ridiculous short film that revels in the fact it's not meant to be taken seriously. Yet it doesn't skimp out on perceived production values while it tries to put a smile on your face. And then there is that layer of truth to think about, for those that care to go a little deeper down the rabbit hole. For what it is, Josh Parkhill and his troupe have put together an amusing little story that I had no problem falling into. A hard-boiled four stars. Well done.