Query – Short Film Review

Over the course of a day, roommates Jay (played by Justice Smith) and Alex (Graham Patrick Martin) discuss social norms and how heterosexuality is formed whilst going about their everyday lives. As barriers slowly fall, a choice is made between them.

I found this film a really interesting watch. Firstly, the script really was great. It felt real, and paired with homey, normal visuals, it did feel like we were with the characters, thinking and feeling confused by what was being asked. The camerawork and focusing really added a level to this, allowing us to focus on a character as they spoke, much like we would do if we were also in their living room. This cosy setting really made it clear that this topic is something probably everyone looks into at least once in their life. No matter who you are, sexuality is an interesting thing, so to see it laid in front of us in quite a casual way was actually quite nice.

Something this short film did that I’ve not really seen done before, was look at these views from a young male’s perspective. Normally for people who identify as female, I feel we can be quite open with our sexualities, and even our friendships. We kiss, hug and hold hands, unlike others who may get bullied or joke about with the idea of it all. I appreciated the fresh approach, and to have Armie Hammer make a cameo was interesting too. He starred in the film Call Me by Your Name which studies similar topics and left a lot of the world asking questions.

Jay (played by Justice Smith) and Alex (Graham Patrick Martin) in Query

One thing that really stood out for me was the editing. Everything about this film felt clear and crisp. It’s how I feel this subject should be dealt with, and Justice Smith and Graham Patrick Martin were fantastic in adding to that. Having recently seen Smith in All the Bright Places on Netflix, I was intrigued to see his performance in this. He did not disappoint, and neither did Martin in this quite deep yet relaxed film. 

Query really did leave me left with more questions, but I think that’s what Co-Writer and Director of the project, Sophie Kargman, aimed for. The questions asked don’t have simple answers. The topics looked into mean something different to everyone. Is there really such thing as a social norm? This brilliant film opens up all these ideas for us and its characters, leaving us all with a query we may never be able to answer.

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