“Myles” is a short film produced by Morgan Jon Fox, directed by Kevin Brooks and starring Lawrence Matthews as the protagonist, Myles.
The film details a day in a life of a young man aspiring to follow his dreams in leaving his hometown to explore new avenues. Myles has recently returned from a misadventure in Washington, DC and is recuperating. In his transition, he has moved back home to his supportive family and has befriended a pair of white skateboarders in his hometown with a different social, and perhaps economic background as him. Although they differ, they do share some of the same personal values. Eventually, we learn that the lives of these characters differ heavily when police stop the group for jumping a fence in a private area. The two white characters escape without consequences, but Myles is brutally attacked. The short film ends with Myles going home late, ignoring plans made by family and looking in the mirror at his bruised face.
“Myles” is quite visually stunning to look at and Brooks uses scenery to a set a tone that displays the mundane, yet varying perspectives occurring in every day life. For example, Myles returning home from being attacked, while a birthday party (celebration of life) is happening simultaneously. The juxtaposition of Myles at one of his lowest points since returning home and the jubilance of the birthday party showcase the duality of life. The acting performed by Lawrence Matthews was quite relatable and he is a natural for the camera. However, it would have been interesting to hear more dialogue between the friends in order to add to character development and chemistry between the actors, the audience can assume that they have just met. Themes of “reflection“ are reoccurring, with Myles looking in the mirror in the opening and closing scenes; additionally, Myles openly discusses his perspective with his friends.
Overall, “Myles” is a great piece from Kevin Brooks who utilized the city of Memphis and his actors purposefully and is a must-see for short film enthusiasts.
- Doc Dillard