His pride is his superhero card collection, superheroes are his inspiration! It’s only that in real life things can be slightly different than in the comic books – and poor Alex Vonzitzavitz (known also as The Von) gets himself in some quite embarrassing situations. The short film The Von, directed by John Mavety, is just seven minutes long. And even if it doesn’t impress with its story, soundtrack or acting for that matter (OK – Jacob Bicknell shows some promise in the lead role), it’s still rather fun to watch. The story is narrated by the grown up Alexander who recalls one of the most humiliating experiences of his childhood. That is why the voiceover is of an adult – which somehow lessens the impact of the story. It would have been better if Jacob Bicknell (in the role of Alexander) narrated the story with his own voice.
Released in 2007, The Von participated in the Tropfest competition (you may recall another short film review from that competition: Marry Me) and won a Young Talent Award for the performance of its lead. Yet, when it comes to short films, the ones coming out of countries such as Denmark, Sweden or The Netherlands are clearly more engaging.
You can watch the film below :