Next/Door (2015) – By Loida Garcia

 

In love with the girl next door? You’re in good company. The real question is how far are you willing to go to acquire that first date?

This is a wanna be dark comedy. A decent enough concept that is poorly executed. Our lead guy looks like Jack Black’s brother with a horrid wig (at least I hope that was a bad wig… If it wasn’t then I am so so sorry *possible foot in mouth moment*). I can’t say much about the leading lady because her job was rather simple…so simple even a dog could have done it. Come on Spot, play dead! She did do a good job at it though… So kudos on that.

When it comes to the technical stuff… Eh. The sound was okayish. The art direction was awful. The shot composure was poor. From the beginning it looked like a homemade movie done on either a phone or an old camera found in an attic. And when it comes to costuming I have one huge tiff with this movie… If you are going to make a shirt look old and worn then don’t just tear the back of the collar an inch or two and call it good while the rest of the shirt still looks new. Seriously, who the bloody hell tears the back of their collar?!?! Ugh… These minor things make a huge difference in film!

Would I recommend this? No. Flat out no. And how they are even considering this for competitions is beyond me. Yes, be proud that you made a movie. And I’m sure you guys had a blast making this but take a moment to view it after it’s done. This is NOT submission worthy. It’s a first draft at best.
My Personal Review:

Rating Scale: Movie Theatre, Redbox Rental, or Skip It — Skip It

Cheese Factor: Vegan (no cheese), Taleggio, Limburger, Stinking Bishop — Stinking Bishop