"Myles's direction gives the film a quirky quality with exaggerated character traits which exemplify the film's message extremely well"
One thing can be surely said for great stories; they are about people. Throughout Patrick Myles' adaptation of Nikolai Gogol's short story 'The Overcoat', one thing that underpinned the whole film was the very human and relatable emotions of central character Christopher Cobbler, spectacularly played by Jason Watkins.
The story follows Christopher about his monotonous routine daily life as a proof reader until his world is turned upside down by spending his savings on a new overcoat and all of the social trappings that come with it, and once again, turned upside down when the coat is stolen from him. Although the original story was written in 19th century Imperial Russia the themes this tosses up could not be more relevant today.
Myles's direction gives the film a quirky quality with exaggerated character traits which exemplify the film's message extremely well. Melanie Brooks work is outstanding as the production designer, the visuals aid greatly in the storytelling and leave a lasting impression on the world in which the story inhabits.
A short that speaks volumes and is well worth it's 18 minutes of screen time.