The idea here is to find a new short film every week; give my opinion on it and perhaps any interesting facts, and then really welcome comments, interpretations and even recommendations. Unfortunately, they often don’t get as much attention as feature films do and so I thought, and hopefully you will too, that it would be interesting to highlight a different short film every week and over time we should get to see a decent range of films.
Anyway, without further ado…
To start off with, I thought that Christopher Nolan’s first work would be of some interest.
There’s spoilers from here on in:
Whilst I found Doodlebug fairly predictable, it’s also rather interesting when looking at the thematic similarities to Nolan’s later works, and the different ways that they would then be developed. Cycles are pretty prominent here, a sense of endless repetition and even events within events which is of course reminiscent of Inception. The extent that man will go to despite his own destruction, I thought was interestingly handled here and is seen later, most prominently in The Prestige. The twist ending is also familiar and the film noir setting of course is seen again in Memento.
I think that it really succeeds at creating an unsettling atmosphere and feels almost Kafkaesque the way that it probes into the nature of mankind and our obsessions, and also with familiar elements such as the disorientating environment and man being represented as an insect. The contrast between the sense of timelessness and isolation against the very prominent ticking of the clock is my favourite aspect of this film – just a really great way of creating unease and tension.
Overall I enjoyed Doodlebug, I thought it was well made and has stuck in the back of my mind for days after first watching it. From the moment that the ‘bug’ is revealed I thought the outcome was pretty obvious – but still made for an interesting film.
Please though, let me know what you thought below in the comment box and also maybe any initial feedback about this Short Film Monday idea.