I have been on a roll lately with discovering some very cool short films that exist out there. I am consistently amazed at the achievements of independent filmmakers and what they can achieve with a short run time and a small (or non-existent) budget. The one thing they all seem to have in common is their passion for storytelling. The latest one to grace my screen is Aviral Kapoor’s Rocket.
Kevin’s father is a scientifically minded man who tinkers away in their garage workshop most hours of the day. Kevin is bullied by a group of kids at school and feels very disconnected from everyone in his life, especially his workaholic father. The two seem to have nothing in common and rarely communicate. When Kevin’s father tries to connect by building a rocket, the attempt fails miserably with a failed launch that only adds fuel to the school bullies taunting. When his father makes a second attempt at a rocket, Kevin adds his own know how to the project in a gesture that will hopefully begin the process of bringing the father and son together.
Rocket is a sweet film at its heart and a film I think most parents and children can identify with. The acting is very good for such an independent film with both Kevin Coughlin as Kevin and James Lyden as the father turning in genuine and authentic performances. Kapoor’s direction is confident and capable, and his story is an intimate and touching one. Sometimes less is more and Rocket proves that you don’t have to show much on screen to convey a wide range of emotion. Kapoor should definitely keep following this path and fine tuning his art, he is a genuine filmmaker with a lot of heart.