Greg’s Guardian Angel is the latest short up for review, and this time we have a comedy short, which is a refreshing change up, since it seems so many short films I’ve seen lately are horror shorts. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a good horror short, but when getting ready to dive in for a short film, it’s nice to get a variety of genres. So I sat down to watch Greg’s Guardian Angel and I was not bothered by it.
The story is about an average guy named Greg, who suddenly has an angel appear in front of him, who gives him advice on a small matter. When this small matter turns out to help Greg in a way he never expected, he begins to listen to the obnoxious angel, until it backfires on him. The short goes like that, and there is a bit of a pay off at the end, as to what effect the angel has on Greg’s life, and it’s humorous. I won’t say it’s laugh out loud funny, or that it’s something you need to rush to track down. However, it’s well made, and it keeps things short, if a bit too simple.
My biggest complaint would be that the acting is purposely corny, and the editing could have been tightened up quite a bit. As a person that has shot a few short films myself, I know that there is a hesitancy to cut anything because each second was a chore to capture, but this really would have benefited from some quicker and more stylish editing. Not that it needed the Michael Bay treatment, but it would have benefited from a faster pace, as opposed to the way it is, where the corny jokes linger for a few seconds too long. Not that there is anything wrong with being corny, some of my favorite comedies have cheese dripping from them (hey, what can I say? I love Mr. Magoo, Little Giants, and the Ernest movies) but in this case it’s a little too on-the-nose. However, the writer and the director show that they have an idea of what’s funny, and I would definitely check out another film from them if given the opportunity.