The absence of live theatre this year has left a gaping, red-curtain-sized hole in my heart. Now that I’m desperately missing one of my favorite things, I rely on film adaptations of musicals to supplement those long-missing endorphins and make that magic more accessible.
New to Netflix, The Prom seemed like it could be the answer to my prayers. The glitz, glam, and star-power definitely acted as a draw, but my hopefulness almost immediately soured upon starting the film. With the perfect formula to succeed, how did this film not only fall flat but become hard to sit through? Too many ill-fitted choices add up to an off-putting and distracting experience.
In a very lonely time, filmmaker Samantha Mitchell manages to spin a painful memory into a film that celebrates connection, community, and a love of parties.
The melancholy of isolation is suspended for the brief 14 minutes of this film as an immediate connection is created between audiences and the subjects of RSVP. Each charming and insightful in their own unique way, this film explores the importance of gathering together, told through many different perspectives.
Offering several snapshots into the hopes and fears of two college roommates, Small Talk explores the uniquely young-adult experience of vulnerability and asks the tough questions through the trials of growing pains.
Sky (Laurel Wong) and Jade (Precious Prado) open up in brief conversations about a multitude of issues circling the minds of college-age students since the dawn of time: family, mental health, and life’s ultimate purpose. Though the two girls come from different styles of upbringing and their individual goals are quite different, writer/director Prado emphasizes their commitment to one another as empathetic advisors and friends — a unifying comfort many of us long to see on-screen during these times.