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In From the Side

Eep! It’s a sports movie!

This is more like a TV series than a movie, but it’s not annoying.

This is a very confusing movie. I don’t even understand what this is supposed to be about… It’s about… a gay rugby league, and things are… dramatic… because…

Every scene has been played as if something really dramatic is going on, and then there’s nothing. It’s like they’ve read that book How To Write A Damn Good Novel, where the central tenet is that there should always be a primary and a secondary conflict in any (ANY) scene. This usually translates to people shouting at each other for no reason when the writer can’t come up with a secondary conflict for that scene.

OH MY RU! This is 135 mins long?! So was this a TV series originally?

OK, this is just a love story kinda (with lots of cheating)? There’s like very little plot here.

Just sneaking around, some rugby, and a lot of drinking in bars. So my puzzlement have changed from “what’s this then?” to “why should anybody care?”

I’m hoping there’ll be a twist, but I’m not counting on it.

You can tell that it’s cold by them colour-grading everything blue.

There’s like no stakes? I’m beginning to believe that they haven’t read that book anyway. I mean, the outcome of this match should determine his grandmother’s birthday or something, but instead it’s just this random match that means nothing (except them getting cold and wet).

Eep! I’m just an hour in… more than half to go, and there’s basically nothing really is happening. I mean, there’s a handful of plot strands, but none of them seem really vital. I guess that’s what makes it seem like a TV series…

OK, now I have to google it.

So it’s not a TV series

In from the Side was partly funded using a crowdfunding model.

I’m not the only one!

It’s an intriguing backdrop to a tale of infidelity, but it would be better suited to a four-parter on TV.

OK, this bit where he takes his super-secret lover to meet his parents (as one does) is tedious beyond belief.


But now he remembers what’s important in life: Rugby.

I wasn’t annoyed by this movie. It’s like… there’s so little going on here that it’s almost impossible to be annoyed? But that’s perhaps a bit too flippant. But it’s really quite unusual how un-annoying it is: There’s nothing weird going on with the cinematography (shakycam or over-colour correcting), or the audio (no insistent soundtrack or over-foleying), or the acting (perfectly pleasant and professional).

It’s a bit like watching tasteful wallpaper dry.

So how do you score that?

In From the Side. Matt Carter. 2022.

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