If we have to sum up 'Baggage' in a few words, we would say that the most suitable quote is: “Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore.” - The Wizard of Oz quote that became a cult classic. 'Baggage' tells the story of a young girl who recently moved to New York from Kansas to continue her studies. Life in New York is quite harsh for her as the customs are somewhat different, but she manages to live up to the city’s standards. One day, a relative calls for her help to 'babysit' an old dog whilst she is gone for a couple of days. As a good Samaritan, she is willing to help and accept her offer on the spot. Then the story gets crazy…whilst home with the dog, she parties a little bit too much and forgets to do one important chore, and so the consequences are devastating. And there is where we stop with the story, because we don’t want to spoil the amazing ending.
The main actress does a great job playing the fun yet gullible girl that copes to understand the urban rituals of the new place she’s in. All of her actions are showing great skill and determination to make this role count, and thus, the movie owes her most of the credits. The secondary character, the charming and crazy guy from the metro is a little bit too obvious, and it is not that hard to understand what he is up to. His creepy stare is the first sign of the “nothing good will happen” feeling. The camera work is impeccable and so is the editing.
A great lesson to be learned from this short is the one of trust – never trust a guy that becomes way too friendly in the metro, because…oh well, we’ve all seen CSI and the ending of that story is not that bright in ninety percent of the cases.
A funny and enjoyable watch!
Review written by Vlad A.G