Tribeca 2022: Day 3 | The Drop, Blaze, Wounded Fawn, & Karaoke

Here’s a recap of Tribeca 2022: Day 3

Tribeca 2022: Day 3 was full of unsuspecting surprises. I laughed quite a bit. I shed some deserving tears. And there were plenty of eyebrow raises to spare. What can I say? The 2022 Tribeca Film Festival proves, once again, that diverse storytelling will always be in.

Keep reading to check out my Day 3 reviews of the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival. I am slowly, but surely, eliminating films from my watchlist.

The Drop | Director: Sarah Adina Smith

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Synopsis:  In this clever cringe comedy, a seemingly happy married couple confronts a test of their marriage when one of them drops a baby while at a destination wedding at a tropical island.

Review: Equal parts entertaining and emotionally compelling, The Drop is my kind of film! Director Sarah Adina Smith pulls out all the stops to make audiences cringe in the best way possible. Thanks to the nuttiness of the exceptional characters, the script ventures off into ridiculous territory. Yet, The Drop is full of emotional surprises and important concepts about motherhood and fatherhood. The film even discusses the concept of not wanting to be a parent with a tender humor that anyone could relate to. I am willing to bet that this will become an audience favorite. It’s one of mine so far! Bravo to the cast and crew.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Blaze | Director: Del Kathryn Barton

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Synopsis: After a young girl witnesses a violent crime, she summons an imaginary dragon to help process her anger and protect her on her journey into womanhood.

Review: Stories about personal growth and healing through trauma will always get to me. In Director Del Kathryn Barton’s Blaze, the plot does exactly that. Backed by an exceptionally compelling performance from Julia Savage, the film has a lot going for it. Mostly, scene compositions are as colorful as the performance from Savage. Additionally, the film’s script is well-crafted from a survivor’s standpoint. I think audiences could have done without showcasing the traumatic scene. But overall, Blaze is the kind of film necessary to remind us that healing on our own time will always be appropriate.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Karaoke | Director: Moshe Rosenthal

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Synopsis: A comedy about a married middle-class suburban couple in their 60s who are drawn to their new neighbor, a charismatic bachelor who has karaoke evenings at his apartment.

Review: Moshe Rosenthal crafts a beautiful script about finding true happiness in older ages. Through the two leads, Karaoke unravels a heartwarming story about learning to love your partner again. Though they accomplished this through yearning and pining after someone else’s attention, they realized all they ever needed was each other. If that’s not an endearing picture worth seeing, I don’t know what is. This one really tugged at my heart!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

A Wounded Fawn | Director: Travis Stevens

Tribeca 2022: Day 3
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Synopsis: It’s the perfect plan: A serial killer brings an unsuspecting new victim on a weekend getaway to add another body to his ever-growing count. She’s buying into his faux charms, and he’s eagerly lusting for blood. What could possibly go wrong?

Review: I love when filmmakers push the boundaries of storytelling. The ability to produce creative work isn’t the easiest after all. However, something about Travis Stevens’ A Wounded Fawn doesn’t feel right. Mostly, it feels like too many ideas were thrown into one. As a result, the film comes off as half-baked concepts that opt for shock-value rather than quality. I can’t say I didn’t have fun though. This gory-horror fan will always welcome bloody surprises! 🙂

Rating: 2 out of 5.

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