Thursday, April 17, 2014 Reviews GREG'S GUARDIAN ANGEL


Review By Felix Vasquez, Jr.

There’s divine intervention and then there’s divine annoyance, and Greg gets a first class lesson in the latter when he meets his guardian Angel. Greg is an average Joe who awakens one morning to find his Guardian Angel intent on helping him through the day. Advising him to wear a red tie instead of a green turns out to have beneficial results for Greg, who meets his boss with a fixation on Red Ties. But what begins as a bout of fortune from above turns in to an utter nuisance.

Dan Kowalski’s comedy short really manages to inspire laughter and giggles as he takes the premise to ridiculous proportions and turns the guardian angel in to a being you’d be better off without. Maybe it’s not always a good idea to rely on some kind of force beyond to make every decision, and soon Greg begins to rely on himself to decide how his fate turns out. Elmer J. Santos is especially hilarious as the irritating guardian angel who seems to have Greg’s best interests at heart, and eventually becomes such a burden that Greg pleads to be left alone.

Director Kowalski’s comedy short has great timing and a slew of sharp performances that help turn this somewhat extraordinary gift in to an absolute curse. Especially when it becomes clear that Greg’s Guardian Angel may not be the sharpest pencil in the box. “Greg’s Guardian Angel” was a laugh riot, and I really like Dan Kowalski’s method for short form storytelling and I definitely look forward to seeing what he can do with a feature length project in the future.

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