Thursday, April 30, 2020

SXSW 2020 Review: BASIC

Basic is a very, very, very short film about a dumb lil’ ho doing lil’ ho things. It’s a darkish comedy exploring the insecure lil’ ho in all of us.

Directed by: Chelsea Devantez

Written by: Chelsea Devantez

Starring: Chelsea Devantez, Nelson Franklin, Georgia Mischak

When it comes to short films, it’s rare to find a great one that truly emphasizes the term “short”, but Chelsea Devantez’s Basic is exactly that. This 3-minute short film packs quite a punch right off the bat. It’s, as stated in the official synopsis above, a “darkish” comedy that really dives into the insecurities we all have at some point about our loved ones and their exes, and just how crazy it seems.

I initially picked this film because I saw that Nelson Franklin was in it, and I loved him as Robbie in New Girl. But when I saw the runtime, I was honestly a bit worried that it just wouldn’t work because, as I said, it’s rare to find great ones this short. However, I was just blown away by how good this was, especially that ending which had me laughing out loud.

Director and star Chelsea Devantez did an incredible job with this film, keeping it tight and contained, while providing the audience with exactly what was needed for the payoff at the end. The comedic timing of both her and Nelson Franklin was on point and made me want to see more of this couple and their issues.

So, if you’re looking for a laugh and can pull yourself away from being a lil’ ho for a few minutes, I would highly recommend checking out Basic.

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