Thursday, August 6, 2009

Down to the Dirt

The least we can say is that Down to the Dirt is one of the few films that rightfully bears its title. In fact, the title could certainly refer to where I'd have liked to throw it. However, since I borrowed it from my local library, I couldn't do it because I didn't want to have a librarian on my back.

Keith (Joel Thomas Hynes), a young man from a small town of Newfoundland and Labrador, is jobless and wastes his time. When he meets Natasha (Mylène Savoie) his life changes. In fact, they both decide to move to move to St-John's, Newfoundland's biggest city. However, since Keith doesn't look like someone who can get a job and smarten up, Natasha decides to leave him and to take a flight to Halifax, Nova Scotia. From this moment, Keith will do everything to win her love back.

Before you watch this film, bear in mind that the accent of Newfoundland might sound a little bit like the Irish accent. However, since they're North Americans themselves, Newfoundlanders (or Newfies) are much easier to understand than you think.

Besides, at the beginning, one might think that Down to the Dirt has everything to be a good coming-of-age comedy. However, the movie turns out to be a farce. The first reason is due to the fact that the film can't turn the voice-over narration from Keith as an asset. Of course, we all know that Keith feels bad when Natasha leaves him, but we never get to hear Keith's thoughts on becoming a more mature man either from the voice-over or the dialogues.

All in all, talk about a film that has a lot of potential, but has difficulty to develop its characters and to insert any signs of real tension. Had the film been different, I'm sure that the characters of the film would have been way more interesting to follow. Besides, don't be misled by the backcover even though it tells you that Hugh Dillon is in the movie; he just appears for a few minutes only. Did I spoil something? I guess not.

Anyway, I'm not going to waste any more of my time reviewing this film. However, all I can tell you is that the cast delivers a decent performance.

Rating: 2/5

Origin:Canada (2008)
Length:114 minutes
Screenplay:Joel Thomas Hynes
Director:Justin Simms
Joel Thomas Hynes, Mylène Savoie, Robert Joy and Hugh Dillon

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