ONE DAY: A MUSICAL
Review by Mark Schwab
The YouTube phenomenon continues to surge as we approach the mid-2010's. From viral political memes to cats flushing toilets, YouTube is undoubtedly a major part of the culture, connecting us through our unchecked creative diarrhea. Fortunately for YouTube personality "Pogie Joe" Kowalski, he avoided making a movie that might cause pangs of dysentery.
"Pogie Joe" Kowalski writes, directs, edits and stars in One Day: A Musical, which seems to be a departure and a stepping up from his usual 3-5 minute bits of online whimsy. In fact, for a YouTube personality, Kowlaski is taking a big risk with an online 52 minute(!) epic celebrating his 4 year anniversary of publishing online videos. After a dash of crowd fundraising, he was able to cobble together his usual online stable of friends/family members, some celebrity cameos such as Weird Al Yankovic and Erik Estrada and seven original songs written and performed by "Pogie Joe" and his cast. He put all of this into an online blender and hoped for the best.
Now I am going to make a big leap here and assume that Joe Kowalski wants his film to be reviewed against the regular indie film landscape (whatever that is) of competition so here goes:
1. The performances here don't quite rise to even the level of an average high school stage production. Sure, everyone here is trying to act their guts out but "Pogie Joe" himself is the only semi-polished actor, mainly because he seems to have actually memorized his lines and wisely sticks to just playing himself instead of creating a character.
2. The songs, from a strict technical standpoint, sound as if they were mixed on one of those Casio keyboards from 1985. The singing voices are about what you'd find in a Moose Pass, Alaska karaoke bar and as for the lyrics and melodies, picture Cole Porter on a lot of medical marijuana and you get the idea.
3. The plot and story are......oh please, let's just move on.
I had a sly grin on my face for the entire 52-minute running time. Writer/Director/Star Kowalski just powers through all the low budget-ness with an amazing amount of goodwill, creating a totally cynic-free zone of zaniness. This is all just pure daffy fun and darn it if I didn't get caught up in the whole thing. Kowalski really has created a true "Diamond in the Rough" here. I'm sure his online fans will see One Day: A Musical as manna from Heaven, but even newbies like me can enjoy it.
Similar to one of his celebrity cameos, Weird Al Yankovic, "Pogie Joe" is out to purely entertain his audience with wacky sight gags, surreal characters with no basis in reality, and truly goofy songs. And shockingly, it actually kinda works in the shaggiest of ways. There isn't one ounce of pretension here and - even more shocking considering he's a social media artist - none of that self-aware, fake hipster, aren't-I-soooo smart, the-whole-world sucks crappy attitude that infects a lot of online YouTube videos. No way. This is all about having a fun time.
This is also free of profanity, lewdness and sleazy sexual double entendres which is a breath of fresh air. The whole family can enjoy this. Click the link below and give an hour over to "Pogie Joe" Kowalski's energetic brand of humor. One Day: A Musical is much more fun and entertaining than a bloat-budgeted mess like Xmen - Days of Future Past. Yes I said it. And I mean it.
So if you read this "Pogie Joe" and are looking for some unsolicited advice, just keep making movies from your heart and continue to respect your audience. You're doing just fine.
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