By midlandsmovies, Mar 31 2020 04:04PM
I Want For Nothing
Directed by Keir Black
An eclectic and fantastical comedy drama called I Want For Nothing comes from regional director Keir Black and follows the anxieties and connection between two young women and how they explore life.
Daisy is a very shy girl and after a musical introduction we see her in a grassy meadow watching intently towards a sociable group of friends from afar. Day-dreaming she is part of the group, she imagines herself having a laugh with the gang before putting her foot in it and being glared at for her misstep.
The film uses these sequences to suggest an outward anxiety. Daisy longs from afar to join in but her imagination creates a series of awkward encounters that prevent her from doing so. Returning to reality, a look of disappointment crosses her face as the friends continue their fun outdoor afternoon.
Next up is Jill who appears to have a fixation on her weight and eating. She crosses path with Daisy and the two start up a strange afternoon speaking as they do through a series of cones and sweets.
The heightened reality in the short attempts to bring up a number of interesting issues including embarrassment, anxiety and a fear of what others think. But is also covers positivity in unusual communication methods and finding friendship amongst personal idiosyncrasies.
The sound, with a focus on the music, is one arena that could have worked better. As eclectic as the visuals, the musical choices are suitably strange to create an unnerving atmosphere, but they aren’t particularly mixed well with tunes coming in at random at different volumes. Often too loud it has to be said.
The film’s weirdness is part of its charm though, and it always keeps you on your toes. From road cones to garden tools, a strange set of props help create a surreal atmosphere. And the director uses everything from POV, fruit montages and subtitles to create an energy that means you never know quite what is coming next. And before the end we also get some fantastic animation. It's not short on variety that's for sure!
However, the film could do with some additional tweaks in cinematography (or a colour grade) as it has a slightly amateur feel – but in many ways this makes it a more personal take given its quirky themes.
In the end I Want For Nothing meanders all over the place for me. One minute a take on dark issues, it then leaps to comedy and then scenes that wouldn’t look out of place in a Reeves & Mortimore sketch. So give this one a chance if you want to experience something a little weirder than the norm.
And although not to everyone’s taste, if the unusual and odd are particular curiosities you seek, then you may find them in the bizarre journey this film takes you on.