In ‘Paint’, The New York City art scene is shown through the eyes of three novice painters who will stop at nothing trying to achieve success.
Directed by: Michael Walker.
Starring: Josh Caras, Olivia Luccardi, Paul Cooper, Comfort Clinton, Amy Hargreaves, François Arnaud, Vince Nappo, Kaliswa Brewster, Daniel Bellomy, Lizzy DeClement, Phil Burke, Austin Pendleton, Kate Stone, Victor Verhaeghe, Emrhys Cooper, Stella Kammel, John Wollman, Anthony Edward Curry.
Country: United States.
Genre: Comedy, drama.
Running time: 95 minutes.
Art is not quantifiable and cannot be measured in any sense. It will always be a matter of consideration, a collective opinion that will drive someone to believe art is good or bad. With this in mind, think of how artists struggle with having their name and work mean something. Is it a matter of luck or chance? Is it maybe having connections? Who’s qualified to say a work of art is valuable? In this permanent onset of scrutiny, Michael Walker‘s Paint takes place.
If you dare going deeper into Paint‘s theme of artists struggling to show their work in an paint infested world like New York’s indie art scene, you will find something that’s not very clear on a first look. It’s an indie film about indie artists whose work is maybe not the best, but it deserves some attention. It’s a like a meta exploration of indie cinema scene as well. Michael Walker is no stranger to the situation; with a few movies in his pocket he’s the one suited for sharing an obligatory circumstance when trying to sell art. Art is not quantifiable and cannot be measured in any sense. It will always be a matter of consideration, a collective opinion that will drive someone to believe art is good or bad.
Art is the result of a personal effect
In Paint, these artists are trying to make their work be something. Dan’s latest evaluation accuses him of not being “dark enough” so he tries to convince his mom of posing nude for him. Kelsey has a shot at success by blackmailing an art dealer. Quinn doesn’t think too much when work is assigned to him. Three artists who suffer the lack of recognition and do desperate stuff while trying to stay in a level of acceptable morals.
Yes, this is a thing in Paint. For some reason, the film subjects the characters to questions of moral dispute, as if trying to model the art beyond some insights that I found inadmissible. The film goes back and forth in a realistic onset of circumstances that are frankly not quite believable or realistic. It’s supposed to be a comedy, but sometimes absurdity is simply not functional.
A story told through a fake channel
When the film begins, the director places us in a witty environment of dialogue and quick scenes with quirky characters doing their thing. With comedies, I like the style and it’s welcoming when Paint‘s introduction confirms the kind of movie it is. Maintaining that language until the end doesn’t work. Dialogues lose strength and even fall short of ridiculous when some characters get serious.
Understanding the film because you’re supposed to finish it, is something we are used to. There’s nothing wrong with that. But sometimes in Paint, progress feels painfully unnatural.
An artist’s life is always interesting
In conclusion, seeing what happens behind the curtain is something we need to appreciate more. These people are human, they feel and suffer. Paint has a joke regarding “white people problems” that’s resolved with a very intelligent switch of attitude. This is the story that worked, the exploration of a more personal and realistic plane. Instead, Paint takes us through an unbelievable adventure of infidelity and promiscuity that’s not very appealing.
But hey, it’s an artist’s world. Maybe that’s how it happens in their world.
|.- Olivia Luccardi as Kelsey is just great. Her performance is natural and refreshing.
.- Walker’s insistence of staying away from art and focusing on artists is admirable.
|.- The third act is not very relatable and endures a swift resolution of conflict that’s not appealing.
.- The film’s script is could have been doctored a bit for achieving spontaneity.