Description (from the IMDb):
A puppet invents a human.
Tom Clear as Human, Suzanne Alderton as 2nd Human
None (Online Screener)
Written and Directed by Richard Anthony Dunford
“A puppet invents a human.” I’ve been waiting for so long (about 8 years, I guess) for a puppet-based movie, and to see that tagline just made my day. There have been a few with puppets here and there, but I wanted a MEET THE FEEBLES style, “starring puppets” kind of movie, and FALL TO GRACE finally delivered that. Too bad after 8 years of waiting, the puppet movie I get is under 6 minutes long!
FtG is a simple setup; you’ve got a Dr. Frankenstein type character that has “invented” a human. He obviously is going to be a reverse ventriloquist – ‘cause, why wouldn’t you – and gains some fame and money in doing so. With fame comes pitfalls, and things go downhill, eventually resulting in the demise of his creation and his own ruination (hence the title, a spin on “fall from grace,” but hopefully I didn’t actually have to point that out). This entire story is told sans dialogue, just a bunch of quick scenes and music and plot without exposition.
The production quality for FtG is pretty good overall. The video is good, not great, and on more than a rare occasion is out of focus when it seems it should be crisp. It is not enough to make FtG a bad film, but it does distract some from the story, especially when the story is all visual. The music is good, and the fact that there is no dialogue makes for a much easier time on the sound production for the film. The puppets are great, very Muppets-esque in their design and they look very professional in their construction (these aren’t socks and ping pong balls for sure). The props and sets are also nicely dressed as well, adding a level of professionalism to the film.
My biggest issue with FtG was its length and the way it presents the story. It really felt to me much more like a preview for a longer film – albeit one of those previews I can’t stand that give everything away – than an actual film in its own right. It has the whole story, and it gets the plot hammered out, but I think it would be a much more satisfying film if it were much longer (maybe 20-30 minutes) and included dialogue. In its current state, it really seems like more of a tease than a finished film.
Overall, I enjoyed FtG, and I am glad to finally get a puppet film reviewed! I think it was a well-made, well-designed film that has some definite pros (gotta love a puppet with a chainsaw), but suffers overall from its diminutive running time and lack of dialogue. I think it is a great example of what Dunford can do, and I really hope that I will get a chance to see an expanded film from him, hopefully starring puppets!
Overall 6.5 / 10
FtG on the IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2349966
FtG is not for sale.
FtG site: http://www.kerzam.com/
FtG trailer: http://vimeo.com/38156845