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Oscar and the Bearded Gentlepersons' Society

by Magnificent B


Essentially a quest film as our protagonist searched for the ingredients to replace their missing beard, which had placed them in high esteem in a MULTIPLICITY-like beard club. The loss of the titular facial hair produced one of the best reaction shots of the Dunedin heats, and I applaud you for getting out and about to provide a sense of adventure to the film with the cliff climbing being particularly commendable. Your lead actor was energetic and had a solid screen presence, and this film was a really strong example at times of how to use the 50/50 line effectively for shot-reverse shot.

For mine, the script could have used just a little bit of polish, as some of the dialogue was a tad expository. The zany characters were fun, such as the rambling herbit, but muffling a voice with a mask can create issues hearing dialogue for any director (see: TENET) so I think I missed a critical plot development about 2/3 of the way through the film. I was definitely engaged, but the ending seemed slightly random in that I was not sure whether it was a celebration of gender diversity or trying to get us to laugh at a woman wearing a beard? Maybe both? But overall this was a fun film.

Story: 3/5
Technical: 2.5/5
Elements: 3.5/5
Overall: 3/5

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