'Love In Reverse: A Musical' by The Gentlemen's Agreement

Film name: 
Love In Reverse: A Musical
Genre: 
The Musical or Dance Movie
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3.833335
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7

Morgan has an rather interesting obsession with his friend's car and when he borrows it for a date, his friend becomes suspicious.

Ever since "Cornchip", TGA have crafted a reputation for making polished, engaging shorts that really push creative boundaries with their fresh ideas. "Love in Reverse: A Musical" does all that you'd expect from TGA - it's funny, well edited, it looks great, sounds great and the performances from the two leads are enjoyable. However, the musical genre did give them a few problems. While the three songs have clever lyrics, they're a bit painful to listen to as the singing is not strong enough.The duet at the end is probably the best of the bunch, but again only due to some well-timed lyrics and even then it's not stuck in my head!

The audience seemed to enjoy it however and it did cap off an epic heat that contained many veteran teams.

7

This film was a fun way to end the night and the audience definitely seemed to enjoy it. The singing wasn't 100% fantastic, but It's all how it lends itself to the story and in this case I thought it worked in a ridiculous kind of way. The editing and technical aspects were on point but I wish it had a little more story to it. But nevertheless, it was campy fun! Good job.

7

A solid effort from these guys. Loved the story and how it unfoldeds. Was funny and well recieved by everyone. Good way to finish the night.

I expected a bit more from these guys based on what was delivered last year. Still in my top threr for the night.

However to me it felt a bit like sweeney todd like.

8

Great film guys, I can tell musical wasn't your prefered genre. Wicked titles and credits, reminded me of HER. This was shot and framed well - my favourite musical of the Christchurch heats.

9

Some of what I enjoyed:

Laughed out loud at the intro. Great work.
Superb everything. Sublime camerawork.
You guys are looking to take the best original song again, I see.
Excellent use of the port hills and the fog/rain.

This was a marvelous offering, and I reckon you guys have a great chance at the city or at least runner-up.

8

In recent years, The Gentlemen's Agreement has become one of the regular teams that I've most looked forward to seeing each 48Hours. So I was very curious to see what they would make of the dreaded Musical genre. The opening is beautiful - dramatic piano chords punctuating the edit as a few intriguing shots are seen. Then it's back in time a bit, to see our protagonist ask his flatmate if he can borrow his car for a date. Turns out the car is the date, and a man/machine love ballad ensues. But the flatmate finds out, gets jealous, and we find ourselves back at a misty precipice, revisiting those opening shots now in context.

Filmically, it's very well-made. The editing rhythms feel natural, and there are some quite professional-looking shots in there. The scene on a Port Hills road is astonishing visually - they appear to have been filming inside a cloud (so much so that the lead guy in a few shots appears to have been filmed against a white wall). The performances are good; these guys understand how to get comedy by playing it straight. And musically they've done a good job too. The songs are maybe not quite catchy, but they're certainly solid, and convey the appropriate emotional beats well.

Of course there's a 'but...' coming, and here it is. Two things, really. First of all, story is a bit thin. I totally loved the premise, but it felt like we got to the climax a bit too fast, with not much happening in between. Also, I'm not sure if I just missed something, but the coda with the new car was a bit confusing (although maybe I'm just overthinking it). Secondly, the Musical side of things, which is possibly the cause of the lack of story. Broadly speaking, there are two ways to use songs in a musical, either 1) to convey an idea or emotion, and 2) to move the plot forward. Now given that 48Hours films are only 7 minutes long, it's generally recommended to try and focus more on option 2, for expediency's sake. The first song however, with our lovesick protagonist crooning of his love for the car, somewhat outstayed its welcome, because although it sounded good, no new information was really being added after the first few verses.

Anyway, these are pretty minor quibbles in the big picture, and especially considering how dire 48Hours musicals typically are. The film's a delight to watch, looks great, sounds great, and most importantly has some very funny sexual/automotive puns. You guys clearly love your cars.

(Viewed in the Screening Room.)