My final film of the night was "Dave Made a Maze" a horror comedy that I also hadn't heard of until the festival announcement. I was wildly intrigued by the premise, and this film actually convinced me to add more tickets to my plan.
The film's writing is definitely intriguing. It is definitely very quirky and campy, but in a good way. The plot is definitely very unique and inventive. The humor is super funny, with very few jokes not fully hitting. There are also a lot of profound metaphors throughout the film that one wouldn't necessarily expect from the genre. It isn't perfect, and there are a few things that are left unexplained, but the film still works. It has the type of deadpan, subrealist, absurdist humor that I really love. The film may not appeal to everyone, but I think that it will gain a passionate following from a group of cult fans.
The filmmaking is also really impressive for such an independent film. The production design is phenomenal. It is absolutely amazing what the filmmakers were able to pull off with cardboard, and the story that the director told about it in a post-film Q&A was hilarious. A lot of the more fantastical elements were done using stop-motion animation, with obvious inspiration from "Jason and the Argonauts", and it looks really good. The few digital effects that are there are also pretty good, with only one or two looking a bit off. However, I think that this worked in the film because of the magical elements in those scenes. The practical effects for the "gore" were also great, innovative, and hilarious. The actors in the ensemble cast are all great, with Nick Thune playing an intriguing protagonist.
Overall, I absolutely loved "Dave Made a Maze". It isn't flawless, but it is hilarious, original, and has some extremely good production design. I wholeheartedly recommend this film if you like absurdist humor.
Dave Made a Maze
Big Tuna's Rating: A
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters at a film festival.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.
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