Review of "Starfish” by The Headless Critic
Starfish – 2019
Production by: We Are Tessellate, Spellbound Entertainment
in association with: 3 Round Burst
Distribution by: Yellow Veil Pictures
Her name is Aubrey Parker (Virginia Garner) and she may be the last person left. She used to dream that everyone would disappear, then one day they did. Mourning the loss of her best friend Grace (Christina Masterson), Aubrey awakens to a world of isolation where her only communication is memories fading and mixtape recordings of someone who seems to be trying to tell her something. Maybe she’s the one who’s dead. The only thing she knows for sure is that something dark is coming for her.
“People are going to die anyway, but their stories don’t have to.”
Musician Al White’s first feature film is an arthouse exploration of cinematic beauty, living in a world of confusion and life after death. It’s a cinematic adventure exploring the eternal darkness of the spotless mind. Virginia Gardner is the perfect melancholy Starfish. A depressed survivalist existing only to avoid more loss, unsure of where she’s at or how she got there, guided only by mixtape. A gloomy girl surrounded by beauty in death.
“Hello my name is Aubrey Parker. I broke into my dead friend’s apartment, who the fuck are you?”
The Al White composed score quietly sets an impeccable tone for breathtaking cinematography, limited only by the creations of the mind. The story of the end of the world as we know it is told swimmingly unclear, oblivious to the outside world thriving above the waterline. Starfish is creative, original and a beautifully told film with a darkness creeping up on you. It’s horror redone as arthouse fantasy. It’s not the heavily financed, studio produced album, it’s a heartbroken girls thoughtfully chosen mixtape, and monsters.
In Select Theaters March 13th, 2019
Available on VOD & DVD May 28th, 2019
4 out of 5 Headless Critics