"Tilting at Skyscrapers" was an amusing short film. Of that, there is no question. Now, reader, don't get me wrong - you'll never mistake this title for a zillion-dollar Marvel movie or anything like that. You'll never have any doubts that this is a low-budget indie flick, and yet if you're anything like me ... you won't care. "Tilting at Skyscrapers" is a big middle finger to those who say micro-budget is no good because honestly? I had a blast watching this. Perfect? Not by a long shot. More than watchable? You bet.
In the film, a hard-core gamer is literally at their wit's end. Not in the sense that he's fed up with his game, rather that he's lost all his wits. After being interrupted from his game, the man/gamer goes bonkers and believes he's living within his favorite shooter. His neighbor becomes his commander as he straps on an old phone with duct tape (his communications) and dawns a dirty-ass plunger and flashlight as his weapon. With his neighbor in tow or calling the shots, so to speak, the gamer begins his mission, and hilarity ensues. Let's be honest for a minute - this film is under ten minutes long and if you don't crack at least a smile before it's finished, you're probably dead inside—there's no real time commitment, just good old-fashioned comedy - stupid comedy, but comedy none the less.
What more can really be said about a low-budget indie with the sole purpose of making its viewers smile? I could go on and on about how I chuckled when I first noticed how the "gamer" walked around. I could tell you that the expression of a security guard felt exactly like what my reaction would be had I been in his place, and I could say that the "explosive" used in the film was funny as hell. Actually, I just did tell you all that and am not ashamed to say that these cheesy segments are hard to write about with any real impact. Simply put, this film was funny, and because it succeeded so much in that regard, all other issues become none issues. I actually tend to believe that the "indie" nature of "Tilting at Skyscrapers" only added to the comedic chops.
So long as you know what you are getting into beforehand, there's absolutely no reason anyone shouldn't enjoy this short film. It's quick, it's funny, and for those willing to dig a little deeper, a societal message does exist here. But who cares about that! I sure didn't. To wrap it all up in a little bow, I'll conclude with this. Watch this film for a good time, not a long time - and laugh along the way.