The quirky short romantic comedy FAR starring Marion Kerr (GOLDEN EARRINGS, HEART OF NOW) and Andre Hall (TIME OF POSSESSION) and directed by Brian Crewe (FATHER VS SON, GOLDEN EARRINGS) is about first dates and second chances. David meets the boisterous and enigmatic Hannah on the street one day and asks her out on a first date. Little does he know that it’s a first date he’ll remember forever, much like anyone who sees this film. FAR makes first dates fun again.
Andre plays his character a little too awkward, but otherwise very much sells the role of David and the audience really roots for him to succeed on his date with Hannah. Marion’s portrayal of Hannah is just downright fun. With big smiles and big eyes full of wonder the audience really gets to see what being on a first date is like from the perspective of someone who doesn’t know anything about dating, society, or culture. Even the little exchanges between the two of them come off really cute since the little niceties that we take for granted on a date are really amplified for comedic effect in FAR.
With vivid colors and exceptional cinematography, this short film looks great and the locations used really sell the “first date” concept. Landmarks like the New Beverly movie theater and the Santa Monica pier give this small film a much larger scope. One small piece of criticism is that the score and music choices are a bit too on the nose and rather than feel what I want to for these characters, it almost seems like I’m being told how to feel by the director.
Of course all good things must come to an end at the conclusion of this film, and while we all were hoping for Hannah to stay with David for a second date, but mysteriously she has to go home. The ending is touching but not as melodramatic as it could have been. Congrats to everyone involved for making a date movie that doesn’t have to include sex, vulgarity, or depravity for the audience to have a good time. It felt more like an old-style romance movie from the 20’s or 30’s that was brought up to date for modern audiences. Classic storytelling using modern means; and Brian and his cast pull off magic.
FILM SYNOPSIS - David goes on a date with Hannah, a young woman, who isn't quite what she seems.