The Amateur: or (Revenge of the Quadricorn) (2017)
Starring: Joey Baldwin, Carlotta Elektra Bosch, Jere Burns, Nick Gomez, Jeannetta Arnette
Directed by: Carlton Sugarman
Written by: Carlton Sugarman
Rating: R Running Time: 1 hr 21 min.
My 2 Cents:
Joey (Joey Baldwin) is a singer songwriter pursuing his music in contemporary Los Angeles. He’s an indie artist struggling to make ends meet, while trying to find a balance between life’s events and his emerging musical career.
The Amateur isn’t really about delivering an intricate plot, or story as such, but an exploration of the independent creative spirit. It’s a film that delivers a mood rather than a narrative with a rigid structure. A dreamy production that visits attractive places and people, with isolated moments used to move the film’s protagonist through the story. If you can tune into what this film has to offer, it’s a pleasant way to spend an hour and a half of your day. As long as you’re into the music, which I was for the most part.
Joey Baldwin, who isn’t a professional actor, is actually quite good in the lead as the film primarily (and wisely) focuses on his talents as a musician and song writer. His songs and music feature throughout the production. A production I might add, that writer director Carton Sugarman put together for only fifty thousand dollars.
Given the budget restraints, this is a solid piece of work. The story, and Joey, gently stroll through the highs and lows of an artist trying to be seen and heard. This film won’t challenge you, nor bore you either. For tone and visuals, picture in your mind a small local outdoor music festival, post sunset. It’s relaxed, mellow, musical, colorful, and worth a look.