Starchild: Short Film Review
Cast: Aishwarya Choudhary.
Director: Terence-Hari Fernandes.
Genre: Science Fiction.
Channel: Humaramovie (YouTube).
Release Date: 28th August 2019.
Leaving the orbit, Comet Chiron comes down to Earth to live as a human being. Her love for Earth and humans, who, she thinks, have everything she ever wanted, keeps her down on the planet. However, things start to turn sour as she begins to realize that not everything is roses down here, and humanity is setting itself on a course to doom.
- Starchild takes us into the life of a comet that lives amongst us as a human, arriving as a result of weariness from her old life of an endless spin across the dark void. She has ideas and perceptions about human life and Earth, one that she soon realizes is just a farce, a sham. The concept is unique and out-of-the-box.
- It has a distinct narrative that plays out well. The dialogues that tell the tale of the comet’s emotions, the contrast between the comet life and human life, the way she admires humans and their lives, etc. are hooking us in, which is a success, as they form the core medium of storytelling in this short film.
- The part where the dots between human lives and comets, such as the often-aimless wandering into a loop and an orbit daily, and the mundane monotony of life rings true, but so is the part where she mentions that humans, at least, are gifted with free will, where they can choose their own different path.
- Aishwarya Choudhury does a great job at portraying the visible eagerness, satisfaction, and happiness, as well as the discontent, loneliness, and sadness that form the highs and lows of human life.
- The cinematography is pleasant and the visuals are aesthetic, with a blue-gray tint applied to the comet’s human life.
- The soundtrack switches smoothly between pleasing and intense depending on the narration, mood, and visual, without making it seem unnecessarily abrupt.
- The subtle and not-so-subtle hints at political issues, drugs, addictions, depression, mental illness, environment, etc. add a strong flavor to the short film.
- There’s nothing wrong with this short film.
A deep narration coalesced with an aesthetic visual. It’s a story that makes you think.
- Terrence Hari-Fernandes has directed other short films like Ruhaan, Uninvited, Kainaat, etc.
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