Ribbon (2021) Indie Review

Director: Cade Thomas

Screenwriter: Cade Thomas

Starring: Joseph Beard, Matthew Brown, Hannah Gray

Genre: Comedy

Runtime: 60 Minutes

Language: English

Rating: 3 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

Naïve and trusting Maggie is down on her luck and asks her big brother Michael if she can bunk at his place for a few days while she gets herself back on her feet. When Maggie learns of a Ribbon Dancing Competition at the local mall, she sees it as a quick way to make some money, all she needs is a partner. And lucky for her, the homeless woman who lives in the mall parking lot is a professional dancer and is willing to help her out.

Independent films are one of the absolute gems of doing this as a pastime.  They are a way for us to find some hidden gems that we usually wouldn’t hear anything about.  So I was over the moon when director Cade Thomas reached out and supplied me with a link to this movie.  The entire thing is incredibly joyous, helped immensely by the contagious good attitude of our main character Maggie.  She is a glass half full kinda gal, and her bubbly personality winds its way through the whole film, leaving the audience at the end, feeling like they have had a one hour serotonin boost. 

If you have been here for a while then you know that comedy can be incredibly hit or miss with me, usually landing on the side of miss, so it is refreshing for me to say that I was chuckling at various points throughout the film.  It’s not in-your-face slapstick kind of comedy, and I prefer that so much more.  Nothing that happens is really all that surprising, you can work out the plot pretty quickly, but the film is more about the journey the characters go through and how they grow, so that really isn’t a deal breaker.

Sure, the acting isn’t exactly the best, it’s a little amateurish as you would expect with a small indie film like this.  But by no means is bad enough that it is unwatchable, it just gives the film a little more charm.  The most off-putting thing for me was the sometimes-ropey camera work.  This film was made on a super low budget, so I wasn’t expecting top of the range equipment or anything.  At times, especially on moving or panning shots, the camera work could be a little shaky, and occasionally, the picture was a little blurry or pixelated.  Not a huge catastrophe, but it could be distracting sometimes.

I am so thankful I got the opportunity to check this one out, and if you want to check it out for yourself you can find it on YouTube here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJ6NlSMsH-g

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