Here is my plan for the magazine review:
- The start of the review will give a bit of background to the director and possibly their filmmaking history.
- The next is a brief stylistic analysis of the film.
- The next is a detailed description of the start of the film, which may be a struggle for me as my film is only 5 minutes long.
- The next paragraph will talk about the middle part of my film (we see him tend to his garden and the conflicts involved)
- The following paragraph will discuss the final scene of the film.
- The following paragraph will be an overall summary, evaluative summary.
- The final paragraph will be a short and snappy explanation into the main successes of my film.
The first section of the review
Released: Out now
Director: Chloe Walker
Cast: Andrew Curwen, Helen Curwen, Mike Roberts, Eileen Roberts
Running time: 5 mins.
Plot: Known and adored by all, Andy (Curwen) tends to his allotment on a regular basis taking great care and pride in his land. Initially he appears to be a kind and friendly man, but, after a day of his allotment being trespassed on and abused, something begins to seem amiss in his endearing façade.
Paragraph 1 – background to the director and possibly their filmmaking history.
Drawn to the murderous temptations of the human mind, Chloe Walker is anchored firmly back in the thriller genre with her newest release, Green Fingers. After entering the comedy scene with Breaking Bath earlier this summer, Walker is back to filming in the style of her debut, Mummy’s Girl. After the plot difference between her two releases, nobody was sure what to expect next – sci-fi, action, romance? It was a settling surprise to see Walker filming in the same style that once came as a success to her.
Paragraph 2 – a brief stylistic analysis of the film.
The beauty of the natural setting of Green Fingers lends itself to the drama of the opening sequence, from then it gradually goes down hill. The film follows Andy (Andrew Curwen) on what may appear to be a typical day at the allotment. The sun is shining, neighbours are happily pottering around, and Andy is presumed to be seen as a friendly addition to this patch of land. However, the mood subtly turns when he reacts sourly to, at best, mildly irritating occurrences. Sparked by the reveal of a finger, we are then sharply and unexpectedly whisked to a quaint cottage where a row between Andy and his wife (Helen Curwen) sets foot. In true Walker style, a brutal and possibly unnecessary act of violence follows in pursuit. The acting during in this scene does something in way of compensation for the lack of tension built before the final blow, and both actors do well to channel the amount of rage and upset in just two minutes, that would be necessary for that kind of ending to follow.
Paragraph 3 – detailed description of the start of the film
The story begins with a beautiful shot within the setting of the allotment, complete with lens flares and uplifting music. The start is really something quite beautiful, creating a dramatic yet joyous tone to the film. From this point, the film cinematography of the film looks positive, giving high hopes for what to follow. Walker’s use of camera angles is something to acknowledge, and what some may see as dull, our main character isn’t fully shown in the film for what seems to be a fairly long time. She made great use of the setting available and utilised it to create the serene feel of what a film based on a garden may lend itself to. Andy is the only one on camera for this point of time, we see him digging and pottering about his land, with close ups of the soil which, in hindsight, discretely suggest towards what is hidden under there. Andy is then shown to be filling up his watering can and, slowly, making his way towards the bottom of his garden.
Paragraph 4- the middle part of my film
Watering his (very beautifully filmed) cabbages, a woman (Eileen Roberts) approaches. A very abrupt conversation follows, which was presumably aimed to show the friendliness and lovability of our main character, and does nothing for the development of the plot. Perhaps a longer and more cheerful chat would have done the job and suited the scenic start to the film. She leaves, he continues watering, until a gentleman (Mike Roberts) walks up to and stands on the allotment. Andy rushed up to him and threatens him. The actors in this part are exceptional and the anger that Andy feels can be shared at home. What lets this scene down is the continuity of it. There is a broken and disjointed feel that doesn’t suit the tone that has been set. The film then dissolves, a rare technique, to hours later during the same day. Andy is sat on a camping chair, reading a gardening magazine with a hot drink. The peace is restored. The close up of his hands reveals a wedding ring, which is seemingly unexpected since there has been no mention of a partner throughout the duration of the film. Andy then stands up, grabs some conveniently places bulbs and buries them. Queue the dramatic lens flare, the woman seen earlier walks up, with a dog, to where he had buried the bulbs. Andy quickly scurries away. The pace of the film then begins to pick up as the dog finds something buried in the soil (credit to the dogs on screen performance). Andy rushed back over and shoos them away, leans over and reveals the secret hidden beneath the soil; a finger.
Paragraph 5 – final scene of the film
His wife is heard on the phone, exposing the difficulties behind their relationship, which is particularly helpful since it’s very unclear what’s happening at this point. With Helen’s voice still being heard, Andy parks up and walks into the house with no ‘hello’s’ and ‘how are you’s’. The hostility of this marriage is clear as soon as they are face to face. His wife cuts straight to the arguing, desperate to know where her husband has been so late at night. Andy is harsh, sparing no empathy for his once beloved; the tension rises. It must be noted, however, the contrast between the bright and cheery beginning of the film with the dark and aggressive ending; perhaps symbolising how Andy’s life has altered for the better since ‘removing’ his lover from the equation. The two argue, resulting in his wife walking away. Realistically, unprovoked Andy reaches for the fire tools and swings for her, the film ends. The ending is vague at best. The chronology is completely off, leaving a sense of confusion that cannot be compared to a justifiable mystery; just plain confusion.
Paragraph 6 -an overall, evaluative summary
Green Fingers begins on an incredibly high note, with beautiful cinematography that could be compared to only a Malick film. It is well filmed but slow, picking up only just before the climax, then slowly dissipating until a final Walker’esque act of unprovoked violence at the end.
Paragraph 7- short and snappy explanation into the main successes of my film
The actors were highly enthused, and overall their characters were played well with particular note to Andrew’s very successful debut. If not for the disjointed editing this film could have been a real success.
My review is around 900 words long which will be plenty to fill an A3 page review, and will give me room to remove anything is its too long.