9 March 2019 | bob the moo
Gets the tone just right with the cast, style, and content - which carries it across some of its weaker aspects
This short film is set within an unhealthy friendship where one of the two women is hugely codependant on the other, while the other is not strong enough to see that and get out from under. When the latter seems to be heading off to live with her new boyfriend, the former scuppers this and seeks to introduce another element to the relationship to hold it together - the titular Buzz. This relationship plays out with an exaggerated sense of humor, but one that manages to still be weird and odd while selling the reality in which it is set. As a result, the female leads get to seem comedic but yet real and threatening - and it produces a nice mix in the film.
This tone carries it, because there aren't big laughs or an engaging plot, just that creeping sense of an unhealthy relationship and a guy stuck with it. It runs a little long for that to be the whole show, but it still works in what it does. The cast sell it, with all three being effective in different ways, and director Magee holds the film right on the point where the writers seem to have put it. Not a perfect short, but enjoyably comedic and creepy.