Review: Who is Elmore Dean?

Written and directed by Max Rothman, starring Timothy J. Cox; On the morning of one of the most important days of his life, prestigious songwriter Elmore Dean deals with extreme anxiety in the form of his apartment taking on a mind of its own.

Opening on an everyday morning with a little slow, smooth jazz accompaniment, all seems well in the Dean household, perhaps with a touch of melancholy until an alarm awakens the titular character and things begin to get strange. The weird occurrences slowly become more alarming and it’s now up to your imagination to think what is causing them. 

Timothy J. Cox is a sympathetic presence, it’s easy to root for him as Elmore and to worry for his well-being, in an increasingly dangerous environment. You may still wonder, is this just his anxiety? Is he sabotaging himself? Or is something more sinister at play here? The story is kept to a simple, short, mysterious quality that will leave you wanting more. 

Short Film is a more challenging format that it is generally given credit for, it is hugely varied and each variation brings its own challenge but at its most simple, you’ve got a limited chance to click with your audience and make an impression. Who is Elmore Dean? Does a good job of tackling those challenges and doesn’t try to go over the top or overtly minimal and finds a great middle ground. 

Verdict: 7/10

Before you go, you can watch the film for free on IMDB right now!

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