“Dogleg” presents a sequence of surreal, low-key vignettes set in Los Angeles that comply with many Angelenos. The movie primarily focuses on Alan — performed by Al Warren, who additionally wrote and directed the undertaking — a stressed-out impartial movie director whose essential movie shoot is jeopardized after he unintentionally loses his girlfriend’s beloved canine.
“Dogleg” is an unconventional story from the beginning and reinforces this notion repeatedly all through its runtime, particularly close to the tip throughout an overheard interview with Alan. Most of the vignettes are unfinished quick movie concepts that will or could not have come from the precise director’s thoughts as an alternative of his character’s. Launched late within the movie, this dissonance connects to weird and complicated dimensions of actuality and authenticity for the story and characters, making the mixture of oddball humor and queasy existentialism way more arresting on reflection.
Central themes embrace the implications of suppressing one’s true emotions, presumably shedding one’s true id, and slipping into solipsism. Nevertheless, the movie deliberately offers no conclusions or solutions for the viewers. “Dogleg” calls for that viewers deal with constant emotions greater than concrete concepts, and it’s refreshing to see a low-budget film successfully shirk easy interpretations with such conviction.
Alan earns the title of protagonist just because he receives essentially the most display time. Nevertheless, after spending sufficient time with an odd assortment of characters in different non-sequitur vignettes, imagining how huge and troublesome everybody’s lives are outdoors Alan’s self-sabotaging woes turns into simple. The distinction permits the movie to creatively illustrate its themes and comedically place Alan’s plight into perspective — no matter how small and simply misplaced it’s in Los Angeles’ bustling panorama.
Not the entire quick tales work since many lack robust backbones. One vignette particularly, which includes an involuntary invitation right into a swinger relationship, is teeth-grindingly contrived and unsightly to observe regardless of contributing to the overarching theme.
However even at their worst moments, the tales are very well-acted and preserve a high-quality eye for visible element. Warren’s efficiency reigns supreme because of the hilarious and awkward method through which he carries himself regardless of any Kafkaesque struggling.
As “Dogleg” concludes its oppressively claustrophobic 82-minute runtime, audiences will probably really feel as exhausted and overdrawn as Warren’s panicked hero after being deeply submerged in lots of anxiety-inducing but cringingly humorous conditions. Hopefully, it’s a gratifying exhaustion borne from an authentically difficult expertise. The movie goals to confound and is totally trustworthy about this from the beginning, making it troublesome to argue with the outcomes when they’re so skillfully but arduously produced.
4 stolen Onewheels™ out of 5