Slamdance Film Festival Review: The Tail Job

Slamdance Film Festival Review: The Tail Job

The Tail Job uses a suspenseful undertone and clever comedy to provide a thrilling motion picture.

Comedy in films is a delicate thing, and there are various methods used to amuse an audience. My tolerance for Comedy as a genre has admittedly become smaller with recent films such as “Spy”, “Ted 2”, and “Vacation” among the more successful comedies in the past year. These films practice the usual played out, outlandish comedy that has little to no depth or creativity, and while there are enjoyable moments in those films, it is a difficult to accept that they are the state of the Comedy genre. What happened to the films with creating and intelligent writing, such as “Airplane!”, “Coming to America”, anything by Monte Python, or more recently something such as “Shawn of the Dead”? It appears fantastic comedy is all but diseased, leaving behind nothing short of nonsensical comedies lacking substance.

The Tail Job challenges the status quo and in turn accomplishes something better; something unique. The creative and intelligent way in which screenwriters Daniel James Millar and Bryan Moses wrote this film is refreshing to the genre. The comedic timing is impeccable, building up to the joke but not forcing the joke upon you. The humor in this film is gentle and subtle, but makes a bold impact when you hear it.

In The Tail Job we follow Nicholas Moore(Blair Dwyer), who suspects his Fiancee Mona Bickmore(Laura Hughes) of cheating due to small discrepancies in their communication. In comes cab driver Trevor(Craig Anderson), who starts out as a method of transportation and transforms into Nicholas’ partner in crime. They continue through the night, facing shenanigan after shenanigan in the hopes(oddly enough) of catching Mona cheating. This narrative is very successful at keeping a theme to the story, and introducing then reintroducing hilarious components to the screenplay. Actors Dwyer and Anderson have a special chemistry together, furthering the power of their comedic moments.

We cap off The Tail Job with Nicholas confronting Mona about cheating, without any evidence I might add, which established a well rounded, whimsical ending to this movie. Co-Directors Millar and Moses do an equality commendable job Directing this film as they did writing the screenplay. Perhaps the element of this film I was most impressed with was it’s score. The score of this film is essential to the tension and suspense that made the comedy so hysterical. Not only was it appropriate, it heightened the calibur of this film tremendously.

Slamdance Film Festival had the pleasure of screening some impeccable films in 2016, with some of my favorites being Neptune, MAD, and Honey Buddies, with films like Honey Dory also receiving high praise. All things considered I would put The Tail Job among the top of this group, and also one of the top comedies I’ve had the pleasure of viewing in quite a long time. This feature provides hope that intelligent comedy still exists in the film universe, it may just not exist in Hollywood.

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