Alien Guy Tim
Review by Mark Schwab
June 26th, 2019
In my opinion, mockumentaries are usually a dodgy prospect these days. With our whole culture seemingly embedded in hardcore meta-snark mode, is there anything relevant left in the genre? Can a movie/web series rise above the noise? Patrick McElroy's 15-minute fake out ALIEN GUY TIM tries a fresh take on it and sometimes gets there.
McElroy himself stars as Tim - a goofball who works hard to convince everyone around him that he has been visited and abducted by aliens multiple times and that he's preparing for...something. Throughout, we meet the people around him who try to explain how even though they find him an endearing eccentric, they just can't get on board with his stories of abduction.
The whole enterprise here naturally rests on the lead performance of McElroy as Tim and, unlike other reviewers, I don't think it works. Oh sure, McElroy proves he can act and he does create a specific character here with conscious choices in behavior. However, I just found that character too odd and made up of surface tics to care about him in context to the story. I found him more annoying than appealing which kept the mockumentary world created here more unconvincing - I never forgot for a second that this was all staged and written for effect.
However, if McElroy's Tim character does manage to wriggle its way into your heart then you'll probably have a grand time with this. The short film is beautifully shot for a fake documentary with a music score that perfectly fits the material. I also freely admit to having a sly grin on my face during the last couple of minutes with an ending that exemplifies the term "whimsical". ALIEN GUY TIM has a gentle heart and a sweet message. I just wish the lead character was just a little more down to earth.
Official Website: alienguytim.com