Directed by: #RGGreiner
Written by: #RGGreiner
When it comes to short films and comedy, there’s really only one way to do it properly—snappy and to the point! And with the use of some Edgar Wright style quick edits, knife-edge sharp dialogue, and inventive storytelling, Writer/Director RG Greiner achieves this almost embarrassingly easily.
Peach (Francesca Goodridge) and Pooch (George Thompson) are...unusual thieves, to say the least. Their modus operandi? Glueing people down so they can rob them because “we don’t have any rope.” We follow one of their more productive sprees, as they go door to door like a slightly more sinister, yet considerably more pleasant, salesperson, one Valentine’s day, robbing the occupants then enquiring as to where they should move onto next. There are some hilarious results: from one man suggesting they should rob a couple down the road because they keep blocking the pavement with their rubbish, to another suggesting a neighbour. After all, he’s “a prick.” Pooch, though, lets himself get too close to Peach and develops a bit of a crush on his partner. Something he plans to make clear after their night of thieving - it is Valentine’s day, after all. But does she feel the same about him?
Unfortunately, there’s nothing that really propels this film to the level of excellence I hoped it would reach: the narrative especially, while concise and well told, is a little predictable and not terribly original. But that's my only complaint, and there’s something intrinsically British about the whole affair that just made me smile the entire way through. The humour is right on point, with brilliantly written dialogue and fantastic line delivery by the film’s cast. Goodridge and Thompson, in particular, give outstanding performances in the lead roles. Performances which are anchored by the marvellous chemistry between the two actors and dynamic relationship between both characters.
Super Glued Up really puts itself across well and feels incredibly technically literate. Roger Heathers’ score is a relatively minimalist piece of work, but no less effective for it, and James Holbrook’s cinematography – particularly its framing – is a cut above what you might expect from a film like this. Still, it’s the film’s editing (Connor Law Twigg) that makes this movie work so well, as it magnificently sets the pace and character of the movie as a whole.
There isn’t much more to say about Super Glued Up, other than I really, really enjoyed this film. Yes, it just falls short of reaching its true potential. But this is still a brilliant, funny, well-made piece of British, independent filmmaking that deserves an audience. And the best thing? It’s available for anybody to watch on YouTube, right now! Do yourselves a favour and give it a look.