Child prodigy Lucien Spelman, was
billed as the youngest professional Classical guitarist in the world, and was also bullied in his youth. Approached
by a documentary crew he agrees to let them film what became of this young boy. As it turns out, he has laid down
his guitar to immerse himself in the competitive brutality of mixed martial arts. Aided by an 'energy manipulator, Lucien buys a shot at redemption in
Written By: Lucien Spelman, Johnny
Directed By: Lucien Spelman
Genre: Comedy / Bio
Now this one can take you for a loop and make you scratch your head if you don't understand that it is, in fact, a comedy. If you think for a second that this is a real documentary you'll groan.... and you'll still keep watching until the end. To sum up all of what I'm about to write quickly, for the impatient... This is independent entertainment gold! I loved it!
What Ever Happened To That Weird Kid? starts off with a brief backround of the lead Lucien. So far, the tone is set for a normal documentary. Lucien was a classical guitar prodigy in his youth, got picked on, grew up, had a family (Including an amazing, attention grabbing dog (wink wink)) and then decided to train and fight in a full contact mixed martial arts cage match. So, you're thinking 'That's cool. Could be quite interesting'... That's when things go wonky. Lucien hires an unusual trainer, spends a few months "Training" and finally get's his match. I'm not going to go into details because... well, that will wreck the movie. But I will say this: When you're not groaning out your complete disbelief (Groaning in a good way) you'll be outright laughing.
The style in which this film is shot and edited is pretty standard as far as a documentary goes. Nothing fancy here but clean enough to progress the story. The edits are actually quite good and you really don't notice them. (For those not keeping score, not seeing an edit is a good thing). The audio and scoring suite the movie and the overall presentation is on par with pretty much any documentary you'll see. Good job post production crew! Acting wise, all things are great... You guys were acting right? - LOL - You're going to love Lucien's personal trainer!
All in all this short film doesn't drag, get's you smiling or laughing and is simply great entertainment. The cornball acting you'd expect comes when you'd expect it, and you'll get a little more than you may bargain for. As much as some people would slap me for saying, I think if this film were streamed on NetFlix or something it would do quite well.
In closing, we all rate and love movies on our own levels. My 5 may be your 1. But for me, this film deserves and gets a perfect score. Even my wife (Who watches videos with me very rarely and is wayyy to picky) watched the entire film and laughed. If you guys can keep her attention then you really do deserve a perfect score.
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