Most Interesting Man in the World, The
Adabisi's take on "Groundhog Day" is a sweet confection.
He barely leaves a trace of Murray's arrogance and self-importance.
Instead, the reporter appears as ideal dating material, a potential soulmate.
Andie MacDowell's character can't help but experience that perfect first date.
The ending brought the curtain down swiftly, perhaps too swiftly.
The title is apt, as it recalls the smug beer pitchman of a few years back.
Fun, ironic, with an undertone that everyone is being conned.
What a fun idea. It definitely changes the source material drastically. It was interesting to see these scenes with the thematic context completely changed. It does feel a touch disjointed but I think it's a perfectly acceptable way to pack information into a short if the narrative is kept up and the story carries us forward, which it does. I find it a lot less powerful than the original but it's really fun to see scenes turned into a different kind of short altogether.
Adabisi sure does love "Groundhog Day" seeing that this is his second Consecution short for that flick. This didn't quite work out for me, but it was well put together. As others have pointed out Phil is a bit of a dick in the opening and then all of a sudden he's the coolest mofo in town. And it felt a bit disjointed, going from one scene of him being Rico Sauve to another scene of him rocking out on the piano, etc. without really feeling like a natural progression of story and characters. But, it was fun to watch and relive some great moments from a classic film.
Another very nice handling of tricky source material; it doesn't quite hang together in an entirely convincing fashion (Phil's demeanour near the start doesn't make sense in the context of him being on good terms with so many residents of Punxsutawney; similarly, his brash manner when he first attempts to chat up Rita doesn't gel with his later more considerate manner), but it's close and the whole thing is put together in a way that is very enjoyable to watch. Nice job!
First impressions are a tricky thing. You think you know someone, when in reality, you've only scratched the surface. A fun little short. Some framerate issues are present - beyond the editor's software's ability to correct - but they don't detract from the overall experience in a significant way.