Review: Serenity

Posted By admin on July 17, 2015 3:36pm

As though it were told by an old friend recalling the days of the past, "Serenity" is a hilarious and heartbreaking tale told in the form of a simple animation. Jack Dunphy does a fantastic job in blending his simple characters and settings with a very complex situation. Dunphy recalls the memories of how he lost his virginity, times of heartbreak, and how things could have gone differently in a rough game of "what if." The characters are basic, being made out of just paper cut outs, but are detailed enough to each be unique and amusing. A highlight of the film is the numerous times that Dunphy recalls what he was pondering at the time of the events, such as debating pizza versus a sandwich despite just hearing terrible news. The voice over really ties together the entire animation, as his very natural pacing and fearless honesty make the short feel very personal. The very human aspect of the story draws you in and makes you feel invested in Dunphy's world. "Serenity" is an official selection of the New York City Independent Film Festival and will be shown during the festival’s run from October 12-18, 2015.

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