Very well put together edit about my favorite John C. Reilly character. A solid short.
The end is troubling on a couple of different levels. On the level of what's going on, it hurts to see this happen to Jim. There's no resolution there. This is not a critique, however, that's just how that shit went down. The second level upon which this is troubling is a critique. Yes, there was only so much one could do with this story from the source. But, stylistically, it feels wrong to end so abruptly. It'd have been nice for a wind down. Maybe a snippet of "One Is the Lonliest Number" played over shots of the city, or something along those lines. Sorry, not trying to say how it should have been done, just saying it didn't feel right how it was done.
- I love Magnolia, Tom Cruise's best acting performance IMO. When I saw that Neglify was going to do a short with John C. Reilly's character, it sounded like a damn fine idea. Like the funny/sad sequence where he talks as if he is on a COPS reality show.
- Although there is no real resolution, the ending was still good
It seems only fair to separate technical comments from narrative ones. On the technical front, this is flawless as far as I can see. Video and audio were both flawless in terms of quality, and the editing was invisible for both.
Narratively, I'm not sure what to make of it. The tone is a little strange (though I suspect that's true of the source) and that, coupled with the lack of resolution, makes it feel almost Lynchian. But viewed another way, as a story of what it's like to be a police officer, it's quietly effective and the lack of resolution fits the theme well.
I'm not sure what to make of this one. But maybe that's the point. A series of
seemingly unconnected events. That's realistic, I suppose. There's not always going
to be a big break in the case. The dangers faced may not be part of some greater
scheme, but simply random chance. We see the frustration that can come with the
badge - and some very human, very real emotion at the end.