Directed by: J. Wilder Konschak, Stirling McLaughlin
Written by: J. Wilder Konschak
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Length: 96 minutes
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Entering into that life altering situation, we refer to as moving in together, is tough enough. Learning to live with someone new, anyone new, can be tricky. Especially couples. Not only is this a huge step in the commitment department, but at some point, the couple begins to see those slight differences that when put together... make one hell of a combined whole. But Jon (Michael Blaiklock) and Maggie (Madeline Walter) have something else working against them. Something that will make this life changing move all the more difficult. Maggie gets sick. Followed shortly after by Jon. We're not talking a mild head cold either. We're talking a heat like a furnace, puke 'til you're green kind of sick. Never a fun time for anyone. Right? "Especially" for a newly living together couple.
As both Maggie and Jon are forced to stay home from work, and keep each other company day and night, they slowly begin to go insane. "Cold War" showcases both the funny - and not so funny moments of a newly strained relationship. Will this couple survive? I guess you'll just have to watch the film to find out.
"Cold War" is listed as a romantic comedy, but the truth is that romantic horror would probably be a more accurate description. J Wilder Konscak's screenplay manages to flesh out the worst moments in any relationship. New or old. Scary is an understatement, but it can be funny as hell to watch. So long as it's not you right? "It's funny because it's true" and truthfully... it "is" funny because it's true. This is a movie however, and being a comedy we can "expect" the situations to become inflated and over the top. Wouldn't be much of a film if we could all just sit at home a few days, and experience things first-hand. Would it? Anyone who glanced at my rating will instantly know that this is, in fact, a funny title. More than a few times I found myself laughing out loud at some of the... situations this couple finds themselves in. And yet... it was an up and down kind of adventure. "Cold War" switches from a nicely paced film, to one suffering from severe slowdowns. Back and forth, back and forth. My first thought was to write that it's a slightly long title. The truth is that it isn't, clocking in at around an hour and a half. I can't quite put my finger on the cause of the flip-flop length issues, but they did exist. For me anyhow. The bright side? Every time things pick back up it's well worth the wait. This is a funny film. Of that there is no question.
Michael Blaiklock and Madeline Walter do a fantastic job playing the sick couple, but the supporting cast manage to keep pace without any blatant issues. I especially enjoyed watching the Galoup's. A strangely entertaining, and really odd married couple. Did I say odd? Seems to me we all know couples like this. Am I right? When you combine all the talent with a really ballsy script, you really don't have any choice in the matter. You "are going" to laugh at least a few times. Deal with it.
"Cold War" is a funny romp around the proverbial rom-com garden. Maybe not earth shattering in concept, but still a funny take on the complexities of relationships. Using of course, getting sick as an excuse to get the ball rolling. A solid three and a half stars and one to connect with. Those links to connect are in the sidebar, and for those interested, the film has a digital release set for April 9th.