Harvie Krumpet, 2003, Australia
Director: Adam Elliott
Staring: Geoffrey Rush
"Life is like a cigerret; smoke it to the butt"
(Note- Harvie Krumpet is a short Film so this is a relatively short review)
Sometimes, a film demands empathy from the audience by presenting confronting notions such as death, old age and depression in sad and sympathetic ways. Harvie Crumpet does not do that. This 22 minute film does not romanticise these ideas but merely presents them as what they are: part of life. It's an interest and different approach to film making and I was very impressed.
Harvie Crumpet is the biographical film of a fictitious character who some how always manages to find bad luck. Despite the many tragic occurrences in his life however, Harvie always attempts to "seize the day," and the film explores his many ups and downs in life.
This is a very confronting film. The use of stop animation as appose to traditional cartoon methods employed in Harvie Crumpet allows for a simplistic and raw feeling which perfectly match the unique direction of this film.
I say "unique" because of the way this film tackles some challenging real life issues in an accepting kind of way. Dramatically, film does not encourage you to feel sorry for the many tragic events Harvie encounters and the film does not try to make you feel sad. However because of our general attitudes towards these things, the audience finds that they will feel a strong sense of empathy for Harvie, making the film highly emotive to watch.
The abrupt scene changes an quick changes in characters attitudes and emotion is done in an almost childlike way. Despite that, I think it is a clever cinematic style for this film and allows for us to relate to the characters in such a short space of time.
Geoffrey Rush's narration of this film is excellent. His non-empathetic, almost monotone voice supply's and excellent parallel to the overall feel Adam Elliott attempts to create. He is perfectly casted.
I have never seen a film presented in such a way as Harvie Krumpet is... unique is defiantly the word to describe it. I don't know if these kind of techniques could be incorporated into a feature length film and I don't want to see a movie adaptation of Harvie Krumpet. This probably isn't a brilliant film but incredibly creative and singular, and deserving of all accolades. Whilst I haven't given this a really high mark, it is a really good and interesting film and I marvel in Adam Elliott's achievement.