When Jimmy unexpectedly inherits the secretly wealthy estate of his eccentric antique-collecting mentor, he doesn’t quite know what to do with it. Therefore, in order to escape from people who only want him for his money, he decides to take a trip to the small town where his mentor grew up so he can sort things out. But what he finds there is unexpected and reveals a side of himself he never thought he had.
Production Quality (1.5 points)
As a first-time, limited-funding production, Pawn’s Move is raw and honest. Camera work is mostly good, as is video quality. However, lighting is sometimes inconsistent and audio quality tends to pick up a lot of background noises. Yet the soundtrack is okay. Sets, locations, and props are realistic and authentic, even if they are a bit limited. Finally, the editing also needs some improvement, even though it shows plenty of potential. In the end, this is an average and honest production that definitely showed potential for the future, as we saw in The Matchbreaker.
Plot and Storyline Quality (1 point)
Much like their second film, the Vetter Brothers’ freshman effort Pawn’s Move is artistic and creative. It utilizes quirky yet believable characters in a muted romantic comedy setting. Yet despite the huge amount of potential here, this story is severely underdeveloped and understated. The characters are accessible, yet they need more exploration. Comedy is subtle, and sometimes too subtle. Overall, there are too many random ideas floating around in this plot that need better organization, but it was a great start that led to better things.
Acting Quality (1.5 points)
Though this amateur cast is somewhat awkward, they are definitely trying. Sometimes it seems like they need a little more direction than they are being given. They would have definitely benefitted from upgraded coaching, especially when it came to emotional expression. Yet nonetheless, like the rest of this film, it showed promise for the future.
There are few film makers that can pull off comedy properly because true comedy requires an understanding of flawed and human characters, as well as superb dialogue. While Pawn’s Move does not necessarily fully meet these requirements, it is still a step in the right direction. All film makers, even the best, sometimes have meager beginnings, so the important thing is to keep moving forward and to keep trying to improve. The ones who do this are set apart from the rest and make a real difference.
Final Rating: 4 out of 10 points