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Clever interplay of stories.....but lacks lustre
on 10 February 2014
"Monster Pies" is an extremely clever interplay between the story of Romeo and Juliet (the star crossed lovers), and the gradual realisation of two outsiders (from different backgrounds) who find identity and love with each other. The fact that the two lovers are male, seems transient to the story, and the intimacy is careful to avoid sensationalism. If anything the film has a natural look and feel to it, and the audience cannot but feel empathy towards to the two main characters. Not only as their "forbidden" love develops, but also because of their own personal backgrounds, An abusive drunk for a father on one side, and a dysfunctional divorced family on the other.
Whilst the acting is a little stoic and at times forced, there is a genuine sincerity that exists between the two lovers. The direction and filmography is strong, with some really moving scenes brilliantly captured by the director. The school dance in particular, stands out as a testament to how two 'forbidden' lovers can loose themselves in each other, by allowing one moment free of societal comment, judgment and prejudice. Whilst a fleeting moment, it manages to convey a complexity of emotion, that proves the point...... love is indeed a overarching emotion, that can transcend a world of difficulty. The black and white short film, is perhaps one of the best moments in the film, and could be a rather good short story with a little tweaking.
My one criticism is that of the scripting which lacked the depth and resonance of the direction. The dialogue at times was insincere and lacked a natural dynamic, which was important for those scenes. As a result one cannot help but feel with a better script writer, and stronger actors the film could have been a great deal more successful.
It starts off slow, so hang in there. Look beyond the acting and see the film for the story it tells.