“Dave Made A Maze” Is Refreshing and Fun

 

 
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“Dave Made A Maze” is the directorial debut of Bill Watterson and the writing debut of Steven Sears, and what a debut it is. Original, fun, quirky, and smart, this is the type of movie fans of filmmaking and aspiring creators long for and it completely caught me by surprise.

Struggling artist Dave (Nick Thune) decides that while his girlfriend Annie (Meera Rohit Kumbhani) is gone for the weekend, he will keep himself busy by creating a cardboard fort in their living room. What surely started out as yet another project he wouldn’t complete eventually became a labyrinth he can’t escape. Upon returning home, Annie finds his creation and simply asks him to come out so they can spend time together. What she doesn’t know is he’s lost in his own maze and the inside is much bigger, and more fantastical, then what meets the eye on the outside.

Gathering a group of their friends (and a few strangers who just happened to be around), Annie and the gang will go into the maze Dave has made in an attempt to bring him home. It’s not as simple as it sounds, however, as a bloodthirsty minotaur stalks the long hallways of the maze, booby traps Dave has set up threaten their very own survival, and going into the wrong room could mean you’re turning into a puppet made out of a paper bag.

Much like Michel Gondry before him, Watterson uses every day products and simple camera tricks in order to bring Steven’s fantastical script to life and it’s quite the spectacle. Handmade creatures flying around, silly string and yarn substituted for blood, and cardboard…lots and lots of cardboard. In a day and age when CGI is used in pretty much every movie, it’s refreshing to watch a film utilize toilet rolls, paper bags, and construction paper. Half the fun of watching “Dave Made A Maze” is spotting every little thing that was used to create the set.

The cast is full of people that made me say, “I’ve seen them in something before” but couldn’t quite put my finger on it. Usually relegated to supporting rolls, actors like Stephanie Allynne (Brynn) and James Urbaniak (Harry) represent the most seasoned vets, yet everyone plays their character so honestly there isn’t a weak link in the bunch. It was fun seeing how each different character reacted to the bizarre situation they found themselves in: from the Flemish tourists who really had no clue, to Jane (Kirsten Vangsness) who was so excited to just be in the maze she really didn’t watch her step close enough. 

“Dave Made A Maze” will take you back to a time when the world wasn’t so complicated. When building a fort and using your imagination could keep you busy for hours. Their is one difference though between Dave’s fort he’s made and the ones I made as a kid: no one died in any of the ones I made.

DAVE MADE A MAZE is currently in theaters and available on V.O.D. 


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