“Black Pond” is a typical British tragicomedy. The film succeeded in being both funny and melancholic with its odd characters, documentary-like introduction, characters speaking to the camera time to time as if conducting an interview and well-created dialogues. No matter how familiar it is, the film was also remarkable with the therapy scenes which definitely managed to be funny. This eccentric work did justice for the whole cast by exhibiting the abnormal hidden behind the normal. It might be fair to say that the real success behind this low budget film could be the way how it never ceases to remind us that this thing we’re watching is a cinematographic work rather than the films that get odd as their characters are odd so much that they lose their cinematographic attributes. Although some scenes are a little overextended and each moment is not funny enough, the film succeeded in being interesting.
THE FIRST FEATURE-LENGTH FILM “BLACK POND”
WAS NOMINATED FOR A BAFTA AWARD IN THE “OUTSTANDING DEBUT” CATEGORY AND WAS LISTED IN THE VARIETY’S “TOP 10 EUROPEAN DIRECTORS TO FOLLOW”.
The points it made about the inter-family relations and the tension caused by what is said and not said are pretty amusing as well. However, we should not forget to mention that the Tim character was the hidden star of the film although he was not at the forefront in the plot.
The emotions are not always shown as they are. Sometimes there are things that you should keep to yourself. And sometimes there are things that you should not let the others sense. Sometimes social pressure forces you to discover different types of expression. Sometimes you are forced to act differently to get results. The world has become such a place that you cannot even live through your pain to overcome it because the people who might be helpful with your recovery do no actually tend to share your pain. Just like what Zac Pratt discovered even if he was a little late.
The directing duo, who managed to create their own worlds where sentimentalism meets dark comedy, returned this time with an eccentric film on loving and losing that touches one’s soul. What’s more, it had science fiction, parallel universes, the dark passages of British water channels and plenty of comedy in it. We are talking about the most recent story of the duo; “The Darkest Universe”.
Living a life in which he can never realize that he dislikes, Zach reflects his misery on his girlfriend and fiancé who he is constantly importuning with the tensions of daily life . Not loving each other does not make it easier, of course. While he is in search of a middle ground with his sister, the difference in opinion between him and the woman he is with start to surface. Finally their relationship ends, however his sister goes missing with her boyfriend just when he started to go along with her for the first time. He goes to the police and is not satisfied with what they do and starts to handle the situation himself. He distributes leaflets, creates a website. He, at the same time, analyzes how far Alice and Toby could get as they went missing with a boat and starts to expand the search field. As he runs out of hope, he starts to reconsider his relationship with Alice. He suspects that there is something so much bigger, bizarre and irrational in their disappearance as he remembers the relationship of his sister with her mysterious boyfriend Toby.
The point where Tom Kingsley and Will Sharpe reach when their minds work in sync is absolutely stimulating. The duo, carving Britain’s water channels into the human relations and adding science fiction and psychology spices here and there, assigns Zac Pratt to carry out this task.
“THE DARKEST UNIVERSE”
WITH HIS DIRECTION AND LEADING ROLE, “THE DARKEST UNIVERSE” HAS TAKEN ITS PLACE AS A FILM THAT MANAGES TO SUCCESSFULLY COME THROUGH IN ANY TASK IT ASSUMES.
Also Will Sharpe, who starred as a leading actor in a feature-length film for the first time, has accomplished this task brilliantly. Without touching any of the dull stories of a one-man journey, he created a film that sets the audience in motion, making them smile as much as it can. With his direction and leading role, “The Darkest Universe” has taken its place as a film that manages to successfully come through in any task it assumes.