"Upstate Story" Movie Review
Honest and staightforward, the film shows depression in a real and relatable way. It doesn't over exaggerate or make a show of things, but rather displays it in a way that everyone can understand.
The film follows Ellis Martin, a man who works for a cleaning service. He's wanting a new job but is having difficulty finding work. As the film takes us through a typical week for Ellis, we discover not only what he's trying to move past but also what actually keeps him going day after day.
This is a short film so this will be a short review. Honestly, the film speaks for itself so I recommend you just see it for yourself. I'll even include the link at the bottom.
My favorite part of the film was the symbolism toward the end. Most of the film's in black-and-white, representing the fog Ellis stays in constantly. But once we finally reach the weekend, the film transitions to color as we are shown the only part of Ellis' week that makes his life worth living. It was a fantastic artistic choice and I applaud director Shaun Rose for his vision.
The narration was perfect. Anyone that struggles with anxiety and depression can attest to having their own inner monologue. Nearly everything going through his mind is something I've thought myself. From hating a coworker or job to just wanting the week to be over, everything was on point.
In conclusion, I don't even have one bad thing to say about the film. It was like watching real life unfold before me with all its humor and heartache. I look forward to seeing what else is in store for Shaun Rose's career. I give Upstate Story a well-deserved perfect 4 out of 4.
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