Adam and Eve. Those names always seem to bring up the bible and rightly so. Most of us know the story, no matter our religious beliefs. We know they lost their places in the garden of Eden. We know Lucifer became jealous of them. We know the story and also know that John Milton wrote a lengthy, famous poem called Paradise Lost. So what does this all have to do with "Lost & Found" from writer, director Jeremiah Kipp? This short film is an adaptation of Milton's work. Plain and simple... or is it?
Presented in black and white, I can only assume this film is a faithful representation. I've never read the source material. By the dialog however, I tend to believe that it is - and that brings me to me previous question. Is "Lost & Found" plain and simple? Not really. Not for me anyhow. The dialog reads exactly like you think it does, and that poses problems for the more ignorant of us in the world. Although I knew the story, enough to follow along with the tongue twisting dialog, I couldn't help but think about anyone who doesn't. Would they get it at all? Thankfully, this is a short film - so the visuals definitely help with the story. But boy oh boy... I wish I could give a more balanced review.
See... the thing is - it's hard to write about something you can't really understand, and try and compare it with something you don't know first-hand. Is this a faithful interpretation? Is it a clever re-imagining? I don't know. I only know what I can see visually, combining it with elements I'm familiar with. Perhaps a more worldly person would rate this film as a four and a half, or five stars. Perhaps Kipp's short film is an excellent vehicle for this story. I simply don't know...
... but what I do know is what I see. Although black and white, "Lost & Found" seems to fit the choice of color. Or lack of. The visuals hold a slight surreal quality, that I believe could only be achieved this way. I also have to hand it to the cast themselves. As I wrote above, the dialog is no cake walk. Although I couldn't understand everything being said, it was said in a believable way. If that makes any sense at all? The expressions and actions of the actors gave weight to the lines they were delivering. Something that not only got me through this production, but managed to do it in a way that made "Lost & Found" not feel overly long or drug out. An impressive feat all things considered.
At the end of the day this was an average viewing experience. Again, let me state that watching something you can't quite grasp, and still thinking it's pretty decent, is something to be proud of. As I also mentioned above, someone more familiar with this sort of thing, may completely disagree with my rating. Kipp's short film could be the perfect adaptation for all I know. So perhaps you should be the judge because at the end of the day, an opinion is an opinion. Everyone has one - and most will be different.