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Review: We’re too good for this ★★☆☆☆ – London Film Festival

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Some films are meant to make you happy, others are meant to make you cry. Sometimes the plot isn’t even that important while you focus on the majestic cinematography and brilliant score. “We’re too good for this” doesn’t fall into any of these categories. In fact, I have no idea what that was.

Written and directed by Missy Malek, the short tells a story of disabled teenagers, but not in a way you’re expecting. Their disabilities don’t cause the characters trouble, on the contrary – they come in handy as the teens engage in drug trafficking.

I honestly expected a wholesome and cheerful story or a tear-jerker. I got neither. It is truly spectacular how it can leave you both unsatisfied and overwhelmed in just under twelve minutes. It is too fast-paced, with random action sequences and a fight scene that for some incomprehensible reason found itself in there. Six minutes into the film and I’m already lost, like what is happening?

The soundtrack is straight from an action movie; is it certainly a great composition. However, the fast pace, shaky camera movements and the engrossing score are too overwhelming and generally confusing in such a short film. This production suffers from being simply too rushed. The twelve minutes were over too quickly, and I was left wondering – what the heck did I just watch?

Despite all the negative things I said, “We’re too good for this” still has a few things going in its favour. The scenography is quite decent, when it is not flashing bright lights off a police car straight to your retinas giving you sensory overload with all the things that are just too much in this movie.

The job done with representation is top-notch. All the four main characters are played by British disabled actors and their portrayal is phenomenal. I must admit, the actors have done a spectacular job. They aren’t depicted as people who struggle with everyday activities, they aren’t illustrated as people you should feel sorry for. They are shown as ordinary teenagers. It’s simple, it’s beautiful and authentic.

Featured Image Credit: Macpoppy Films

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