Directors: Kevin Kolsch, Dennis Widmyer
Starring: Alex Essoe, Amanda Fuller, Noah Segan, Fabianne Therese, Shane Coffey
She would kill to be famous
Sarah Walker is a young aspiring actress in her twenties that are willing to dedicate her entire life to make it in Hollywood. Her life consists of working at a cheesy fast food restaurant while living together with a group of youngsters that also aspire to make it in as actors.
One day she gets an invitation for an audition of a horror film called The Silver Scream by Astraeus Pictures, the biggest horror company in the business. The audition process will prove to be unusual and Sarah will have to decide if it is worth giving up your soul to become famous.
Play with the devil and you might become one yourself. Starry Eyes is not the first film that puts criticism against the Hollywood system, but this one does it in a very different and clever way. It’s nice to see a film comment that you should have limits to what you do in order to achieve your dream and that true happiness might come in easier ways than fame and fortune.
The character that this story revolves around is the young actress Sarah. She is a young woman who feels like she has little time left in order to become a successful actress. She is hard working, kind but also social awkward. She feels like an outsider, even in the company of her own friends and the only way she can fit in is by showing everyone that she has talent.
Sarah is played Alex Essoe who delivers an amazing performance. Her transformation from the start to the finish of this film is believable and the character comes off very complex and realistic. You hope for the best for the girl, even if we see her flaws as a human being. Her co-stars are also very good and the young and inexperienced cast can be proud of their performances on this film.
Speaking of young, the directors and screenwriters behind this film are Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer. This is only their second full feature film after doing a the 2009 thriller Absence. They got some excellent performances out of their cast and the film also look and flows good. The story goes to a dark and cynical place, perhaps it is based on their own experiences after trying to get their own projects off the ground in Hollywood? Seeing what they did on this one, it will be interesting to see what their future will be like.
Starry Eyes is a very well made movie that is worth checking out. It does fall in quality during the last part, but it is still a very interesting and unique film. If nothing else, then see it for the great performance by Alex Essoe, a very talented young actress that will surely go on to bigger projects after doing this film.