Oh, The Irony

There's a bit of irony in the fact that I'm even reviewing this. I feel like I may be the next critic who dies... In any case, Everyone's A Critic is a short drama/comedy which doubles as a commentary on critique and a self-aware satire on the art of writing itself. It's a wholly enjoyable experience that is well worth anyone's time, regardless of whether or not you're a creative or a critic, or otherwise. For anyone who has self doubt with the art of writing, be it prose or screenwriting or what have you, it's a great take on the process, how to overcome writer's block, and how to defeat creeping self doubt and intrusive thoughts. The film is fun, funny, and absolutely nails the creative struggle. Let's jump to brass tacks; why does this film succeed on those levels?

The Message

The film works because of the overall message. Of course, there are other reasons why this film succeeds, but first and foremost, it's very inspirational to anyone who struggles with self doubt, writer's block, or any other creative struggle. Perhaps the metaphor is not so subtle, but the message is delivered effectively all the same. It is a pretty funny way to present and resolve the problem, and it's very enjoyable as a result. This is all thanks to the writing, direction, and the comedic timing with the acting. Which is a perfect segue into my next point.

The Execution

It comes as no surprise that this comedy short is well made across the board. Get It Made does it again with this production and I have no doubt that each project they're behind is of the highest quality. This film is no exception as the writing is sharp, the acting is comedically well timed, and the production value impeccable. This is what I've come to expect from the Get It Made team, not to mention, Matt Boda went from producing to helming the project behind the camera on this one. The film is solid all around and makes for a fun experience well worth your time, especially if you are creatively inclined in any fashion.

The Script

Last but certainly not least, the next strongest aspect of the film is its script. Of course, coming from a screenwriter myself, I am always going to be a little biased towards the writing. The writing is quite clever and witty throughout, specifically in the sequences where the writer is dealing with her inner demons, so to speak. She has an inner critic who is constantly belittling and berating her, until it finally reaches a boiling point, as it would with anyone. Their quips back and forth are quite funny and well thought-out, which I have to commend. It's been said time and time again that you can't have a good film without a good script, and this right here is a prime example of a good script being executed effectively.

The Verdict

Overall, this is a fun project that is well worth the ride, even if perhaps we know where it's going from the start. I have seen other films done in this way, but it's still so enjoyable that one cannot be left to complain. The message is clear and well stated, which makes it perfect for struggling creatives/writers to watch and hopefully be inspired to get over that hump. The execution is so well done and as I alluded to earlier, we have come to expect this from Get It Made productions. The writing is clever, witty, and so comedically well done that one cannot help but be entertained throughout. All in all, it's an enjoyable experience that does not fail to leave you with a smile on your face by the end.

 

Rating: Good

 

Everyone's A Critic is a Get It Made production and can be found on their website, along with the screenplay for reading. The film is also on YouTube and can be found here.

 

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By Rob McNeil

My name is Rob McNeil. I was born and raised in Normal, Illinois and I am a 28 year-old award winning screenwriter. I am very passionate about film, so much that I watch far too many films on a daily basis. I have written fifteen feature screenplays, a spec pilot thriller series, and several short scripts. I aim to make filmmaking a career, but for now, I will write about it.

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