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Melancholic Fantastic (as seen as MIFFF)

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"Melancholic Fantastic" features a young girl, Melanie Crow, who has lost both her father and her mother and finds herself with only one friend. That friend is a creepy cracked face doll whom speaks to her. That is until one day at a library super goth boy, Dukken, starts to chat her up. As the doll begins to disapprove of Melanie's new friend things begins to slowly unravel. What will become of Melanie and her friend and her… other friend? The answer to that will be alluded to in the next few paragraphs.

The direction is solid, especially considering this is a low budget film and one could easily assume what kind of compromises had to be made. However, the director/writer, A.D. Calvo could have asked more of himself as a writer/director and asked for a tad more character development. After all, without the main character having a journey, do we have a story at all?

The performances are all pretty solid, at least for the characters that matter in the film. Amy Crowdis plays the cute, coy and somewhat disturbed Melanie Crow well. Considering that the majority of the film is focused on her it earns her extra points for being able to hold a film together the way she does. Dukken (played by Robin Taylor), our super goth boy, also does well as the slightly awkward love interest of sorts.

The weak point, and this depends on if you've seen the film "May" or not, is the screenplay. It's a well-written movie, but character development is lite. In the case of "May" she starts off coy and awkward and slowly/justly begins her slow decent into madness. Melanie Crow starts off already a bit off and doesn't travel further than that by the time the film ends. More of a journey for her would have been a good thing to see. Plus, while Jeremy Sisto’s character in “May” might seem justified in a literal sense, Dukken adds very little to the story.

It's a good film and worth seeing, but if the choice was "Melancholic Fantastic" or "May" our vote is "May" hands down.

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Credits:
Directed by: A.D. Calvo
Written by: A.D. Calvo
Cast: Amy Crowdis, Robin Taylor, John Caras, Geneva Carr, David Pirrie, Shirley Knight


Source of the Bitter: JAS

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