Monday, April 1, 2013
Comic-book inspired indie film, The Brass Teapot, examines greed with quirky magical twist
But, is it too heavy-handed?
The Brass Teapot is a new independent film starring Juno Temple of Atonement and Dirty Girl, Michael Angarano of Almost Famous and Sky High, and Alexis Bledel of Gilmore Girls.
First-time indie film director Ramaa Mosley based the film off a comic book series with the same title.
Thus far in her career, Mosley has made a number of independent short films. Tim Macy wrote the screenplay as a short film first that eventually turned into the feature movie.
The film centers a young couple played by Temple and Angarano who endure money troubles. Temple’s character, Alice, has a hard time living up to her high school superlative of “most likely to succeed.” Angarano’s character, John, is having difficulties finding and keeping a high paying job.
The theme of money and greed are present throughout the film and are duly pertinent to college grads’ trials and tribulations in the job world today.
Paying the bills with weak salaries presents a challenge for the high school sweethearts.
After getting into a car wreck, Alice and John are stranded and find themselves entering an antique shop near their accident. Eventually, the two acquire a magical brass teapot that gives them money, but there is a catch: The only way they can get the money from the teapot is when they get injured in some way and the worse the injury, the more money they will receive.
Their pain ranges from slaps to jumping out of windows.
Despite their discomfort, the couple decides to go along with the injuries to reap vast amounts of money.
Alexis Bledel’s character, Payton, is rich from a successful job and Alice and John grow envious of her luxurious and seemingly easy life style. John and Alice have to choose how far they are both willing to go, how many injuries they can sustain, and how many lives they are willing to ruin in order to keep their riches.
Temple recently won the EE British Academy Film Award for Rising Star this year.
Expect to see Temple a lot, as she has 10 films coming out this year alone.
The film debuts a number of catchy songs such as CSS’s “City Grrrl,” Darker My Love’s “Two Ways Out,” and Oliver Future’s “Gold Sparrow.”
The Brass Teapot was shot in Poughkeepsie, New York.
Mosley mentioned, “I was online one day and I googled best short story and the Brass short story came up and I fell in love with it...
“I mortgaged my house in the beginning to pay for it...
“This movie has been incredible for me.
“It has been my first film ever since I was 13 I knew I wanted to make movies,” Mosley said.
Movie reviewer Andrew Robinson of gmanreviews.com found that The Brass Teapot is a film which tries too hard to be too quirky, too greedy, and too everything else.
“Even in the idea that it wants to sell that this greed is easily fueled by evil.
“When the progression of the pain that is inflicted between these two characters in the film starts to reach to a peak it’s all too obvious,” Robinson said.
“It never truly allowing the viewer to have an opinion other than “sure, that’s not going to end well,” which we knew from the first time we had these characters question what they were doing.”
Robinson’s points are valid, but fans of the comic book disagree.
Additionally, its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival was a success.
Although it may be a childish plot with the magical aspect, the performances from Temple and Angarano are believable and entertaining.
The Brass Teapot is debuting in theatres April 5, but is now available on iTunes and On Demand.
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