The Greyness of Autumn short film review, check out our thoughts on the Chris Quick directed piece.
“The director did a fantastic job of bringing human elements to a prop. A feat in itself.”
So, you get a phone call and you hear that you are going to be reviewing a film about an ostrich. You say ‘excuse me’? Then you read the synopsis:
The Greyness of Autumn follows the final days of the life of Danny McGuire, an ostrich living in Scotland. Danny’s life is suddenly turned upside down when he loses his job and his girlfriend in the same day. As Danny struggles to reinvent himself in a society that treat him as a second class citizen, he questions whether there is much point living in a world that will never see past the feathers.
This is the point where you are glad to be a film critic. I mean, I’m reviewing a film about an ostrich living in Scotland.
Anyway, on to the review. The film itself sends a message of difficult times, and the impact of loss. Losing your job in this day and age is painful, and when your an ostrich your career options are limited. It’s the lack of hands you see, and no formal education. So, an ostrich? Yep, the puppet element on the short was fantastic. The director did a fantastic job of bringing human elements to a prop. A feat in itself.
The storyline in general was well executed, quite dark in parts, an a tale of struggle. To me, it felt like a swipe at the way people can be treated depending on their current life conditions. Also the ‘when it rains, it pours’ metaphor came to mind.
While the rest of the acting isn’t going to set the world on fire, it certainly wasn’t terrible. The interaction between actor and puppet was done quite well, and again the humanization of the prop shined in scenes involving others. Especially his girlfriend. I found myself feeling bad for Danny, and even thinking about how harsh it would be to lose a partner and your job in a day. So yeah, empathizing with an ostrich. That’s a new one.
A solid element of the film, a short film, was the sound editing. The voice acting of Danny McGuire was quality, but not so much the monkey named Nelson. It was a bit too silly for my liking, but hey; we are talking about a jobless monkey that watched Jeremy Kyle. The actual sound editing in terms of atmosphere, voice acting, and all of that as one piece worked well.
One of the best parts of the short film is it knew when to finish, eh? Well, I don’t mean to be rude but a common problem with shorts is that they can be too long. I always put a lot of weight on if a film, in general not just shorts, feels like a chore to watch. From start to finish I was entertained, and intrigued, by The Greyness of Autumn.
Strong short by Chris Quick, and his future works will be of obvious interest. And hey, if a TV station ever wants a gritty version of the Muppets. They will be Quick to call this man… I’ll stick to reviews.