By Dominic Messier, Founder, Editor and Veteran Arrowverse Fan
As any seasoned CW fan will tell you, it’s no secret that the cast members from the various DC-based superhero based shows currently on the air weekly – we’re talking The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl and to a certain extent but not yet connected, Titans and Doom Patrol — are an incredibly tight knit gang who both love to impress on screen and also good off when the occasion calls for it, both on and off camera. Just Google any of their show’s bloopers.
So, when a trailer for an Indiegogo-backed Vimeo short heist comedy film was advertised, featuring Grant Gustin and Tom Cavanagh, aka Barry Allen/The Flash and Harrison Wells/Eobard Thawne/H.R. Wells/Harry Wells/Sherloque Wells (it makes sense – just watch the show already!!!), the proof needed to be in the pudding.
As it turns out, the little side project that could is not only impeccably produced, filmed and edited, it’s downright hilarious. Imagine a low-rent Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield from Pulp Fiction, had they lacked the skills or experience to ever work for Marcellus Wallace.
Tom and Grant (Tom Cavanagh and Grant Gustin) are disorganized but ambitious criminals hoping to score big on a bank heist, based on a dubious lead Grant somewhat heard “bervatim” (long story, just watch the film) from the crooks themselves a short while back.
As the questionably inept pair scope out and stake out the local bank in question, the waiting game becomes a challenging one as the minutes interminably crawl by, with vigorous discussions on word usage, song lyrics and various other topics come to light, with no sign of the original bandits in sight.
Is the plan a waste of time? Will Tom and Grant survive the night? Will they be at each other’s throats before they even get to glance at a pile of Benjamins? That is what this short film seeks to answer, in twenty three minutes or less.
What to Love
While the comedic timing and onscreen chemistry from having spent several years on a hit TV show is obvious, what really makes this short film gel with viewers is its eclectic dialogue, ranging from harmonizing on radio tunes to getting upset over conversation details or how to properly use words without necessarily reaching for a cell phone to look up its accuracy. The script is on point, original and bitingly funny, thanks to the creative genius of writer-director-star Tom Cavanagh, whose improvisational genius and versatility on TV translates well on this off-season project, a labor of love created with the help of co-stars who are obviously game to join in.
I can’t shake that the dialogue has a certain Tarantino-esque pop culture tinge to it which makes the content both familiar and fun. One needn’t be a seasoned CW viewer to appreciate the tale, but it sure does come off as a thank you to the millions of fans out there, hungry for more interaction between its co-stars, after several years of faithful viewership.
What to Skip
Really? Honestly? The only crime here is that the story wasn’t a full fledged motion picture. As frustratingly idiotic as Gustin’s clueless character was, I could definitely see a series of stories featuring these ambitious but ill-equipped criminal “masterminds”.