Wow. I think I'm the only one on here that actually has some criticism for this film... oh well. Please don't take this in a bad way, Night Owl. I just think that at least someone should step up to the plate and bring some reality to this thread.
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I must say, when I read that The River
didn't have a defined "message" or "meaning", I was a bit skeptical about watching this. Rightly so. The plot, while interesting, not only doesn't have a defined meaning, it also doesn't have a defined character. Who is this guy? Who are they fighting? Who was the lady with the turban? I mean, come on. Can you be a little more vague, lol? Maybe that's it.... You were trying to be vague. I guess that was the "REALITY" part, huh?
This film is just too much style over substance, IMHO. I mean the visuals are fantastic; many shots I found myself drooling over. But is that what should hold up a film? Sure, it's a brickfilm, so it doesn't have to have an amazing storyline, but at least make it coherent. The contest says it primarily judges on storytelling, presentation, and use of the theme. I don't think it will do well on two counts, but the presentation is nice. Also the rules say no adult language. hmm...
Also, I think you went overboard with the tight focus. Some of the shots were barely, if not at all, in focus. I know it's hard to focus with a DSLR, so I guess I'll forgive you on that one.
Again, don't think that I'm a nitpick. I'm really not. I agree with most of the things that the people are praising about. And I agree that it is one of the most well made brickfilms that I've seen. If only it had a stronger story, this one would have a good chance of being my favorite brickfilms. As it is though, it will have to take its' place lower on my list.