Friday, August 25, 2017

Dave Made A Maze Review: Get Lost, Give Me An Art Book

You had me Dave Made A Maze. I wanted to love you. Your cardboard core concept of a man making a maze out of stuff in his living room, getting lost in it, then having his girlfriend find him with a film crew... It sounded so new and clever. I waited months for you to come out and even went to an indie theater to see you, but you were only worth watching as a rental.

Dave Made A Maze
Which you can right now.

Dave Made A Maze is a wonderful film to look at, its inventive landscapes are on par with Swiss Army Man. The sets are elaborate pieces that I would like to get a nice magazine or book on and see how they were constructed. So the look, the look of the film has such a great appeal.

Imagine every set being made out of cardboard or an entire apartment rendered in the same material. There's something in the back of your head that makes you want to create; you have a connection to when you got to mess around with old boxes. I can never give more applause to those who created the sets.

Those applause start to falter and become a more of a hum with the movie folding short to connect with the audience. There's something about the film that just won't make it stay up. Perhaps, it's the motivation of the characters being a bit thin past the leads Nick Thune who plays Dave and Meera Rohit Kumbhani who plays Annie, his girlfriend, trying to find and save him from the maze.

Those two, they share a love for each other, they both show their emotions and the both do a good job in the film.

The rest of the cast are trying, but are almost all their to be red colored yarn smears in the background. Once again, I praise a film that makes kills bloody and not bloody, so painfully clean they would be okay to air on Disney. You see when someone dies horrifically from a trap in the maze, their blood is replaced by red yarn or red confetti. It's a wonderful way to got out, arts& crafts style. And you want people to die, that's part of the reason most would be going to see the movie. Their deaths are a part of it.

It's very hard to figure out why the film just doesn't have that special something that Swiss Army Man has, that emotional connection. Maybe, if it just centered on Annie and Dave it would have meant more or maybe when others of their crew died it would have more of an emotional feeling if they were written out more.

It's a fun trip through a world made out of cardboard boxes, but not one that will connect very deeply with you. I really want a book about how it was made still. "How Dave Made A Maze," please?