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HELLO CARTER – Review
December 6, 2014
Hello Carter follows twenty-four hours in the life of the young, single, unemployed, homeless Carter as he gets involved in one of those very odd but almost believable situations that so many independent films these days are based on: chasing the number of an ex-girlfriend (Kelly) with the hope of rekindling their romance.
Despite its premise being a bit cliché, the film holds up quite well and fits all its fun and foibles into eighty minutes. Since the very opening you can tell that this is probably going to be a well-shot and trendy affair and by the end you gather that it’s enough of both as it really holds its own.
The script is a little awkward at times but the warm colouring and the excellent soundtrack have the mark of a film for the twenty-something generation and a storyline perhaps closer to the experience of the early thirty-somethings, hence with the potential to appeal to both groups.
In the age of recruitment companies and the absurd difficulty of finding a job, if you’ve been out of work for more than a month, it’s a storyline that rings true with a great many of us.
Charlie Cox as our half hopeless main character is an actor I have had a soft spot for since his leading role in Stardust and he fits well into the trope of the ‘rather charming almost-geeky-but-not’ type. Rising star Christian Cooke plays the part of Carter’s brother remarkably well, especially since they actually have a passing resemblance to one another.
Another up-and-comer, Antonia Thomas, plays his love interest but doesn’t have a particularly significant part, which for such a delightful actress is a slight disappointment. Altogether though the casting for this film brings together a smorgasbord of British talent that makes for an enjoyable watch.
Hello Carter is far from perfect and it could’ve had the potential for a grain more humour. Kelly’s brother Aaron (Paul Schneider), whom Carter is attempting to get her number from, is a character who is hard to get a read on for most of the film and comes across as an element that could have added comic genius to the story but doesn’t quite cut it.
Nevertheless Carter’s love interest, Jenny (Jodie Whittaker), perhaps fills that void with her enigmatic northern charm. It just feels like for trying to be one of those wacky unbelievable stories the film misses that real spark of humour that the opening suggests.
As a whole this little charmer is certainly worth a watch, if anything for the fantastic cinematography and a soundtrack that features songs from the likes of Jose Gonzales and SBTRKT. It plays out to be exactly like the quasi-trendy flick you would hope for but it’s a shame how that extra layer of the script that would take it to the next level isn’t quite there.
Hello Carter is in UK cinemas from December 5th and on DVD & Digital from December 15th