One of the most ironic parts of owning a website has been how few times I have made it out to a movie theater since It’s Just Movies went online. I have found it increasingly difficult to make it out to the theater due to time constraints.
Conversely, however, the number of short films and smaller movies I have seen has increased exponentially. It has been a lot of fun to not only view many films I likely might not have seen, but also to introduce them to our readers.
One of my favorite films has been “The Legacy,” a short film by writer-director Mike Doto that I reviewed here.
I watched it twice that night and have viewed it several times since. It is the kind of movie you not only want to re-watch quite a few times, but also share with others.
Here is the official synopsis: “Charlie Regals’ big break in Hollywood was supposed to be playing the title role in the big budget superhero movie ‘Kryptoman.’ However, the film was never completed. Now twenty years later, new talk begins to swirl about finishing the ‘Kryptoman’ movie and reuniting the original cast. Charlie never told his now 10-year-old son, Billy, about his failed shot at Hollywood. Billy, being a huge comic book fan, knows all about the lore of Kryptoman, so when he sees Dad on the cover of a magazine in a Kryptoman suit, he begins to suspect that his father is the real superhero. ‘The Legacy’ brings to life a story about fathers and sons, imagination and magic, and believing in something larger than ourselves.”
“The Legacy” has played at several film festivals in the United States (and, in fact, is playing at the Newport Beach Film Festival in Newport Beach Calif., April 24 at 3 p.m. and April 25 2:15 p.m.). I completely recommend checking it out if you get a chance, but don’t delay — tickets go quickly.
In addition to the domestic showings, it recently was announced that the movie will be making its “international debut” — and the location couldn’t be more prestigious. “The Legacy” will be shown at Festival de Cannes (aka the Cannes Film Festival) as part of the festival’s Short Film Corner from May 12 to 23.
As you can see in the following poster for the film’s Cannes appearance, I called the movie “Majestic and Enchanting.” And it absolutely is. I hope you get the chance to see it.
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