Wisdom Teeth

Data
Title: “Wisdom Teeth”
Year: 2010
Length: 6 minutes
Director: Don Hertzfeldt
Writer: Don Hertzfeldt
Starring: Don Hertzfeldt (presumably)

My reaction
Synopsis: um… it’s better if you don’t know
How I saw it: on youtube (in HD courtesy of Showtime), today
Concept: Indifferent.
Story: Bad. It’s gag-oriented – not meant to have a story.
Characters: Bad.
Dialog: Great.
Pacing: Great.
Cinematography: Good.
Special effects/design: Great.
Acting: Great.
Music: Good. No music, to good effect.
Subjective Rating: 6/10 (Okay). This short was probably my most anticipated film of the year, but it just wouldn’t be 2010 if any movie managed to come anywhere near expectations. I watched it twice; I laughed pretty hard the first time, but I barely cracked a smile the second time. It’s a huge understatement to say this is a step down from Hertzfeldt’s previous few films, but in all fairness he and/or his publicity people (does Don Hertzfeldt have people?) do apologize profusely whenever they mention it. And even in a silly thing like this, the level of craftsmanship from that guy is impeccable.
Objective Rating: 2.8/4 (Good).

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