(This is The Catch short film review, which is a slice-of-life with a twist on the concept of fishing that was released on Vimeo)
Sometimes a short film comes along that gives a unique twist to a common concept or activity. The Catch is exactly that, with its own take on what fishing truly means. And you maybe surprised at its own interpretation as well as its intended moral lesson.
It is directed by Kylan Tyng, and stars Robert Eigen, Maud Bredius and with narration provided by Steve LeFever. Music is done by Mark Samani and cinematograhed by Cristina Beviá. Now, without dragging this too long, let’s take a look at our thoughts in The Catch short film review below!
When an unusual fisherman is trying to do his normal fishing in the urban jungle of New York city, he encounters a unique ‘fish’ that seems to elude and foil his plan to have a great catch. What could it all mean?
The Catch Short Film Review
The story is very simple, and is akin to some slice-of-life footage of a fisherman. Except when he is fishing in a city, the whole premise takes a fresh turn and offers a unique perspective. I like the concept of ‘fishing’ for people’s valuables, like credit cards, or others. As this type of film is quite original as well in its presentation as well as in storytelling.
The use of narration helps to give a sense of story that includes its own lessons. It’s the clever use of commonly taught fishing advices and applying it to life. Though the premise does not contain any dramatic scenes or moments, it’s none-the-less still intriguing due to its unique take on the genre.
This is one of the few short films that entertains you with some subtle comedy, and then proceeds to teach you about life lessons. And it seems to be a sort of metaphor of how one should live one’s own life, and ‘fishing’ the right things to your life.
it seems to be a sort of metaphor of how one should live one’s own life, and ‘fishing’ the right things to your life
Pacing is slow, but is a relaxing slow. It’s meant to be slice-of-life, so the pacing is pretty good for it. The scenes are kept interesting with new people he tried to ‘fish’ but failed either due to bad luck or by someone special.
Another brownie point earned is the use of phone resolution. As this is meant to reflect some current era’s life, the use of smart phone as the medium is brilliant. Now, not only does this make it seem relatable, it also makes it more enjoyable, as we are used to this form of video on social medias. Kudos to the director to think of this, and making use of them well in his film.
As this is meant to reflect some current era’s life, the use of smart phone as the medium is brilliant
There are essentially only 2 major characters: the fisherman and his ‘fish’. Now, I have to say that the characters themselves are not exactly unique. They are actually pretty cliché. But, the unique take on the ‘fishing’ concept makes these characters seem special themselves.
They feel relatable, and we can foresee ourselves as them. This is the most important part of any characterisation: we must feel like we can empathise with them. And these characters work because what they are doing, the events that happen to them, have also happened to us one way or another.
the clever way of portraying common people in a scenario that is also portraying common people’s day to day life
It’s the clever way of portraying common people in a scenario that is also portraying common people’s day to day life. And the actors play a great part in acting them out without using any dramatic expression or body languages. But the narrator plays the biggest role in making the film interesting, as his narration sounds natural, and filled with subtle emotions.
Soundtrack is a simple instruments playing that make everything seem relaxed and slice-of-life-ish. It fits the atmosphere of fishing, as well as in urban jungle. They are a common sound/music to be heard in the street and, in fact, anywhere.