I’m often asked where I get the ideas for my reviews from, usually I watch the thing I need to write about, then try to connect ideas and themes from it into my work while describing the plot. I’ll then ramble on for a bit using occasional filmy phrases I’ve read in other reviews in an attempt to sound smart and create a mise en scene… Mitch, the lead character in “A Brilliant Monster” has a similar method to getting ideas for his books, except less rambling and with a little more sacrifice.
Mitch is a self help guru and author of numerous titles that have helped people immensely. As we meet him he’s on the look out for ideas for his next best seller and running behind schedule. He just manages to get it finished on time, but success leads to demand for more… And more… And more… If only there was a thing that simply spat out ideas to write about… And if there was such a thing what would it require to work? Well…
We learn early on in that Mitch does indeed own such a “thing” and what it takes to power it. We also learn of his multiple issues, childhood bullying, broken romantic relationships, the unaccepting, unloving father he’s forced to care for. It’s a great rags to riches type story we’d all want to aspire to live, but behind closed doors, he’s the guy you’d least want to take advice from.
A brilliant monster is a micro budget psychology horror film from writers F. C. Rabbath (who also takes directing duties) and Adam Bertocci. It comes with a slick trailer promising some twists & turns, but not altogether telling you what your in store for…
It’s a well made trailer so hopes were high that the full film followed suit… and it does. With most lower budget productions you take allowances that some technical stuff won’t look or sound as polished, but everything on display is of a high standard and definitely exceeds expectations. The only down points I’d say were the out of place POV creature shots and what I’d consider a reveal that came an act too early.
If this film was a book it’d be a pulp novel page turner that’s maybe missing a few pages but definitely keeps you hooked. It’s mix of literal and figurative monsters that should be universally enjoyed and definitely something to munch on.