22 September 2019 | bob the moo
Engaging and grounded, which helps it get over the weird specifics
Visually this short film has an interesting mix of animation and real world. It is not unique to this film to put animated characters interacting with real world objects, but I've not seen it done in a way that is quite so mundane and dull. I mean this in a good way. The approach puts the characters convincingly in the humdrum existence that we all share, but at the same time the animated element means that more fantasy aspects can play out. Malcolm is a tragic character as he feels uncomfortable in his skin, and it is something that is becoming more evident to him as so much else in his life becomes routine and lacking. Although the film has some reasonably graphic images/situations, the heart of it is pretty pure.
In maintaining this, it helps the viewer over the darker moments, and keeps it about Malcolm as a person. Likewise, as daft as it is as a concept, the humanity is effective and engaging. The animation is well delivered in the midst of the real places, and I found it effortlessly easy to care for Malcolm and root for him, even if I had no frame of reference for his struggle. As odd as this gets (and it does get odd), it is well worth watching for how well it treats its central characters.