Directed by: #StanleySievers
Starring: #StanleySievers, #JoScott, #MirandaRoldán, #KatrinaNaficy, #EliMandel
Short Film Review by: Alexandra James
Samurai Sword is a short comedy which tells the story of a man who needs to make some important changes in his life. Daniel, played by Stanley Sievers, is a gullible man who still behaves like a child and very much remains in this fantasy world which he has established for himself. Unfortunately, the people around him want him to face reality and take responsibility for his actions. Daniel is extremely immature and never seems to face the consequences of his behaviour. He becomes infatuated with a samurai sword which he finds in a flea market, spending his entire rent money to pay for it because he believes it is cursed and holds power which can change his fate for the better…. yes, insane! However, his sister gives him an ultimatum, either pay your way or move out. The rest of the film focuses on Daniel’s journey of self-discovery, will he carry on hurting those around him or can he find it in himself to break this cycle, make amends and change his old ways for the better.
The fast-paced editing made this piece look like comic book strip, Siever is clearly inspired by Edgar Wright’s style of filmmaking and whilst watching I did notice that the style was like the film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World both in terms of editing as well as humour with the witty awkwardness of some of the characters. Let’s be honest, you can’t really get more awkward than Michael Cera and there were echoes of this persona in some of the characters of Samurai Sword. If you’re going to be inspired by a director, it’s always great to choose an innovative director such as Edgar Wright. The short was peppered with sword fighting montages and the editing added to the comedic value by suddenly removing the music and exposing a full-grown man playing with a sword on his own bringing the story firmly back to reality. The power of editing is fascinating as it can completely elevate the story itself, as well as add elements and dimensions to the film whether this be a sad undertone or comedic high.
The story flowed extremely well and although was more of a comedy rather than a life lesson, it does teach the audience the importance of adapting and changing your ways to get out of a rut and to build bridges between people. Daniel unfortunately, has stuck to his immature ways far too long in life and the people around him cannot take it anymore. It is important to take a step back and reflect on our behaviour before we go ahead and blame others first.
Samurai Sword was funny, bizarre, and very cool. If you are a fan of Edgar Wright films then this is up your street, if you’re also a fan of cursed swords then this will also be your cup of tea! Siever’s work is clever, witty and provides us with a rather crucial message to take home; to make amends with loved ones.