Kris Kivi lost everything when his family was taken in a drunk driving wreck. Then he lost everything again when he makes a bad investment that leaves him homeless. But while he is not liked for his homeless status, he decides to continue doing what he does best—singing. He performs gospel songs on the side of the road for money and food. But then he is faced with the ultimate test and he will have to decide what he will do.
Production Quality (1 point)
It’s clear that Sidewalk Singer has quite a limited budget. Though video quality and camera work are fine, audio quality is a bit inconsistent at times. The original soundtrack is unfortunately fairly annoying. Sets, locations, and props are understandably limited. Also, editing is quite bad as it is choppy and hard to follow. These sorts of productions are difficult since they are so low-budget, but it seems like it would have been prudent to either wait for a bigger budget or just make a short film with what they had.
Plot and Storyline Quality (0 points)
This is a very low-energy plot, which even more begs the need for it to be a short film. The story is very boring and drab, mostly because it is a character-driven plot that contains dry and empty characters. This is due to very uninspiring and vanilla dialogue and due to the fact that there is barely enough content here to sustain a feature-length film. As it is, this story is very vague and hard to understand; it’s a never-ending slow full of wasted time and lacking a central purpose and point. It’s very difficult to justify this as a full-length movie.
Acting Quality (1 point)
Though there are some good spots here, the cast is mostly overly practiced in their line delivery and unnatural in their emotional delivery. However, the cast members probably mean well in what they do. Yet they would have likely benefitted from acting coaching in order to deepen their performances.
The unfortunate thing about films like this is that, no matter if the creators meant well or not, there is basically no impact from a film like this. It is too forgettable and too bland to be of interest, which really calls into question its necessity. It is better to make a less-expensive short film to practice your movie making skills rather than to continually clutter the market with thrift store fodder. Please learn this lesson in the future if you are an aspiring film maker.
Final Rating: 2 out of 10 points