Review: To the Moon

Written and directed by Matt Tory of We Make Movies (you can read the review here), this time returning to Short Film with To the Moon, following a young man with a mental disability dreams of one day going to the moon. Starring: Matt Tory, Jordan Hopewell, Zack Slort, Valerie Tory, Matt Silver and Jonathan Holmes.

The film kicks off by giving a taste of its own medicine, in a film that involves a theme of celebrating your imagination, you need to use your own to keep your mind open to the slight age gap, as referring to the characters as “kids” is a stretch. In the world of film, many have asked a lot more than that of audiences’ imagination. You may not be sure quite where the story is going as you enter the first few minutes but you will get drawn in and become invested in our leads and what may happen to them. Hopewell’s Cooper immediately pulls on your protective instincts and you can’t help but have the urge to reach out and help him. It almost feels like a combination of Mark Duplass‘ Kenneth in Safety Not Guaranteed and Jaeden Lieberher‘s Alton in Midnight Special, which may or may not sound like an odd mix but it works.

The intermingling J.F.K. speeches are a perfect addition to add some weight and tone to the film, keeping it grounded and adding an extra layer to the visual. While the film may not be treading groundbreaking territory, it’s aim as a story is achieved with simple, enjoyable film-making. It achieves what it set out to do which is not always simple so relentlessly impressive when it happens, not to mention satisfying to watch on screen.

The gentlemen of We Make Movies have taken a turn for the serious but not lost their sense of adventure and whimsy, making for an interesting and engaging short film. Again writer, director and star Tory has made a film that shows a love of film, pure storytelling and a project full of heart.

Verdict: 8/10

The best part of it all? You can make your own verdict by watching To the Moon for free on YouTube right now! You can find out more about Matt Tory‘s films right here.


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