Just wow. I really, really enjoyed this short film. At first, I believed Aaron Carroll's flick might be geared to the current pandemic. Indeed, the name of the film doesn't imply anything pandemic related, and either does an introductory voicemail left for our featured lady - from her husband, letting her know he'd be late getting home from work. But what follows is the kind of crazy, bored fun that I imagine a lot of people are taking part in - as many of them are stuck at home. That is, of course, until later in the film where everything changes, and honestly? I loved the direction that Carroll and his team took.
The bulk of this ten-minute spectacle is all about fun. Our protagonist Sarah is doing whatever she can to pass the time. "While the Cat's Away..." begins as a music video straight out of the '90s as the movie's "heroine" dances her way around their home. It's all flash and sizzle - save the occasional moments where we viewers get to see how Sarah really looks outside of her own mind. We then progress to food, television, and even some drinking of the wine. It's all the perfect example of what people do when they are bored as hell, and perhaps even a little cray-cray from to boot. It was fast, it was fun, and it was all captured beautifully. And then those last few moments happened, and everything changed. What is it I write of you ask? What happens during those last few minutes? You'll simply have to watch the film when you get the chance. You'll be glad you did. Trust me.
Typically, this next segment would be dedicated to the more technical elements of this film, but in this case? I don't have a lot to write. "While the Cat's Away..." looks and plays fantastically! Cariad Wallace as Sarah owns the screen with her playful presence and slightly off-kilter portrayal. Once you add some excellent camera work and a very cinematic look and feel overall - there's not much left to write about. Or complain about. Aaron Carroll's short film looks big, it looks fun, and the overall switch in tone was the icing on the cake. As I said at the very start of this write-up... I loved this film.
There's not much more that can be said about a film that is well under the fifteen-minute mark. This flick was smart, polished, and just plain fun. Even the changeup at the end was done with a smirk and a nod, giving a completely different meaning to everything the audience had just witnessed. Personally? I would have loved to see what the next five minutes would have been like - but technically, the ending was the perfect way to go - four and a half stars and both thumbs up.