Still Slow Story Build Yet Intoxicating Commentary On Relationships
Still Film Details
Director: Takashi Doscher
Writer: Takashi Doscher
Release Date: January 8th, 2019
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Running Time: 1 hr. 27 min.
When a young hiker stumbles onto an isolated farm after losing her way on the Appalachian Trail, she is taken in by a strange yet beautiful couple desperate to protect a secret deep in the mountains.
Still, the latest film from filmmaker Takashi Doscher does not have strong Horror, Thriller or Science Fiction strengths. A delicate grasp of the Fantasy genre binds the plot together. The predominant perspective in Still is a part love story, part Drama. DecayMag will not be exploring these genres any time soon or ever. Yet, Takashi Doscher’s latest film does provide an interesting approach to Fantasy build on a strong social commentary.
Still is an unconventional approach to the fantasy genre as listed by IMDb. Absent are the traditional fairies, wizards, and associated magical aspects. Takashi Doscher as the writer, introduces an interesting perspective on immortality, hidden within is a subtext is on human drama. A strong point to the plot is the characters and associated arcs. From the synopsis Still appears to have a cliché storyline, one that delves into survival Horror drama. That is not the case after watching ACT I unfold. From script to screen Still feels original in approach and despite the slow boil developments, Takashi Doscher’s latest film is redefining.
Actor Nick Blood, and Actress Madeline Brewer, Lydia Wilson portrayed stellar performances in Still. Their on-screen performances resonate with a convincing realism and a strong emotional context. Audiences may or may not find an appreciation toward the character portraits featured in Still. Viewers fond of intimate drama pieces set against a gradual developing plot will find Takashi Doscher’s latest film appealing.
Still develops against the backdrop of a cabin in the wood. The surrounding forest landscape also adds to the visuals. All shot highlight the environment as a supporting character. From the claustrophobic nature of the dilapidated edifice to the picturesque exterior scenery Director Takashi Doscher did a fascinating job of channeling mood with every camera angle.
Still is different visual storytelling, one that relies on character development and their issues. The storyline is also a strong point with a commentary that spawns different expressions and interpretations. If it were not for the light trek into the Fantasy aspect Still would come across as a Drama in its entirety. IMDb also lists Still as having touched on the Mystery genre. It is difficult to see this genre exemplified in any of the developing scenes of the film. With exception to one display in ACT III Still has no special effects and, or practical effects presented throughout its one-hour twenty-seven-minute duration.