Okay, I’ve watched WheezyWaiter’s Fine Tuned twice now and I think I’ve figured out my issue with it: the clever dialogue gets in the way of the emotional message. It’s too punchy … it’s like an episode of Gilmore Girls that way.
That being said, my favorite line from any of the New Form Digital shorts comes from Fine Tuned — “Heyyyy, Mr. Rogers died … no wait, it’s a hoax … he was already dead …”
This clever short film — and it is a short film, unlike several of the other entries in the New Form Digital shorts program, which are evidently pilots vying for series status — revolves around a software programmer, Linus, who seeks to help his young neighbor win love with technology and music. And of course, along the way he comes to realize he himself needs to win love back into his marriage.
That’s where it gets a little murky.
I don’t want to ruin it for you, but I don’t know if I could. They spend their time writing a song, there’s all this cool tech stuff and onscreen graphics and the song doesn’t seem to work, but then it does … maybe … I don’t know. Technology can’t manufacture love … but maybe it can?
Anyway, long story short, I don’t feel like the earlier jump edits work for me — they are grating. BUT I think the overall story about a man and his wife needing to reconnect resonates and is touching. Although I also take issue with the couple being fussy about the kids practicing their music … let the children live, man! So this is sort of a Goofus and Gallant-type review (how long has it been since you heard those names, eh?): there is a lot of good stuff here, but there’s also a lot of not-so-good stuff, IMLTHO.
I don’t know … there’s a reason WheezyWaiter is an awesome YouTuber and I’m just an oaf who sometimes nibbles on the stuff he finds in his bellybutton. Probably side with him that he’s making a bigger point that I’m just “too plebian” to understand. Oh, and yes, that is Hank Green in that cameo role. So maybe ask him what’s going on.