This 10-minute film by Miranda July known as “SOMEBODY”, is basically a burn on modern day society’s fear of confrontation. It’s pretty obvious that Miranda July is a big fan of Wes Anderson, due to her film and cinematic style. The movie is about a mobile application that allows you to ask other people to confront your friends or colleagues, instead of doing it yourself. An example of this is in the beginning, when a girl asks some other guy to tell her boyfriend that she’s breaking up with him.
Like I just mentioned, July is responding to the perception that people in present day society often are too afraid or timid to confront other people about simple things, like a break up. The film gradually uses more and more ridiculous occurrences as it progresses, such as a proposal, and some weird sexual scene where a woman feels the plants humanly sexual feelings through the phone application? The exaggerated plant sex scene at the end is an attempt to really get the point across of how ridiculous fear of confrontation can be. I personally don’t think it’s very effective.
Would I participate in this project given the chance? Only if I was the one that relayed the information. I would gladly be the middle-man here, but I would hate being told something by someone else, from someone else. I would also hate having to tell some random person to relay a message to a dear friend. I’m not very afraid of confrontation. But, yeah, it would be fun to be the middleman.
The film was very dramatic and had awkward timing at certain points. For example, in the middle of the film, when the two Latina girls are fighting, their dramatic bantering goes on for about two minutes, which doesn’t sound like a lot, but when you’re just sitting there watching you are just saying to yourself “yeah I get the point they are fighting”. I guess it was supposed to be funny or whatever, which is why July dragged it on for so long. One thing I did like about this scene though, is the transition from the big black guy in the first scene, walks on the sidewalk behind the Latina girls from the seconds scene.
Overall, although this film had trendy Wes Anderson-esque shooting style and themes, I felt as if the message was forced, and only focuses on a small niche of people in society. Sure, some people are afraid of confrontation, but it is definitely a minority. The editing, style, themes, and acting of this film were pretty unoriginal, and the weird plant sex scene at the end was a little too far in my opinion.