A well shot short take on childhood dreams and disappointments lived through the imagination, with a nice parallel of its reality in the big world of adults and their noisiness. I thought the entirety of the soundtrack and background noise/ dialog were very clever
A reasonably fun, slight, flight of fancy from Josephine Decker, this does a great job of creating a grand adventure from a child's POV. Lisa Diaz has fun in the lead role, gurning and acting up with aplomb as the young female pirate out to conquer New York.
A tribute to a young girl's imagination in New York a la 'Elouise' but with more agency. It shows the crushing realisation that things sometimes don't work out how you dreamed them. "Childhood's end a fantasy" maybe. It achieves a handmade realisation of New York somewhere between Wes Anderson and Micheal Gondry. Inventive camerawork and compositions although it may have benefited from a tripod, from time to time.
A sweet in intentions little film about childhood élan, play, disappointment and redemption via dreamlike imagination which makes some good use of animation (mainly in the storey building vignettes). Cinematographically its action components are dilettantish (the slow motion scenes [e.g. fight] being way below average), its political subtext dodgy but pardonable; it pales in comparison to countless other shorts.
Big effort spent on the look (an adult-erated child's POV) but not nearly enough on story. So it's cute 'n quirky, moments of amusement, but ironically makes no claim on the imagination. Not a truly engaging experience, for any age. Goal is vague, no real opposition, stakes non-existent. If the heroine should fail to "conquer," lose the stuffed animal, oh well. It's nothing. Her tears are just another display.
Decker's early short film is slight but likable. Many shots are beautiful and the whole thing has a sense of wondrous imagination, as though it were actually dreamt up by a child. The surprisingly emotional, gloomy conclusion foreshadowing the loss of innocence and tragedy is moving but strangely unsatsifying. At only 10 minutes, it feels too short. More animation would have helped visuals. Also, nice pirate costume!
Within this 640 seconds, Josephine Decker brings a very clear view of her own persona through an imaginative experiment involving a little conqueror, The Terrible, a lovely companion named Teddy, the star of the film, and the unfathomable N.Y. City, The Terrible's own Waterloo. Enjoyable, interesting and brief, Decker's film is worth four times the time it takes to watch it.