A man whose life is threatened by his wife when he gives her steak knives as
a birthday gift.
Written By: John King Fiore
Directed By: Chris Esper
OK OK OK. Steak Knives is a strange one. If this were actually trying to be a serious piece things would be different and Steak Knives may have gotten the proverbial steak knife. That's not the case though! This short, over the top film is a comedy and should be taken in as such! Once you realize that simple aspect of the film it's really easy to smile at it.
Technically there's not a lot to write about since Steak Knives clocks in at just under four minutes. Everything seems done rather well and it's clever in it's simplicity. That's not to say it's perfect though. A few audio glitches exist where we see a a mouth moving, but nothing coming out; or something just doesn't feel or line up quite right. Not really a big deal since there are only one or two instances of this. The editing is done nicely, moving the plot along at a steady pace and in general, Steak Knives was an easy watch.
So what makes Steak Knives a strange short? Without a doubt it was the overall delivery by the actors. Without knowing this was intended as a comedy, one may end up scratching their head wondering if they should laugh or cry. The performances are straight up ridiculous in an over the top kind of way. Anyone into the classic art of "Cheesy Delivery" will absolutely love this title! The fact that a man is on the ground, with a knife to his throat and yelling... in the form of a whisper... is really quite funny to watch. The best way to describe it is to write this scenario. You are about to be killed... but don't want to wake your parents as you yell for help! This is the essence of Steak Knives and I'll be the first to say it's a winning and humorous formula!
If someone told me this were a serious short, with no comedic chops my rating would be totally different. The fact that this is a comedy, and that it doesn't take itself all that seriously gives you that breath of fresh air, and the ability to smile at it. It's free to watch and if you like to smile have yourself a view. I love the last line of the short. Maybe a second part?
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