remembering the films that the audience forgot
WRITER: Paolo Mancini, Thomas Michael
DIRECTOR: Matthiew Klinck
BUDGET: $1.5 million
hank and mike are an "odd couple" of easter bunnies who are down-sized when the multi-national corporation that owns/runs holidays decides to make some serious cutbacks. yup, you read that correctly. and yup, the poster is real also - this film does feature two guys in bunny suits (well, actually there more than just two guys. there are lots of guys in bunny suits at easter headquarters). Hank And Mike is a dark, rather dry, low-budget canadian comedy about two down-sized easter bunnies.
when the movie first starts the "fantasy" aspect of it made me feel like it called for a more glossy presentation. but that isn't the case. once you get into the film, the low-budget look and feel plays perfectly into the dark and dreary path the two friends take following their dismissal.
the world the film puts us in is a world with add-sponsored suicides and corporate-owned holidays. there is also no real sense of time or place. by that, i mean, i couldn't tell you what year the film takes place in and i am pretty sure that is on purpose.
the look feels like the 70s or 80s, but they talk about computers and using excel when the bunnies go to the employment office looking for work. however, there aren't any computers on desks and i didn't notice anyone using a cell phone. it all works together to create, what i am going to call, a grounded fantasy. and except for one quick moment wherein a character is counting out some money and i noticed it was canadian bills, there is also no discussion or hint of location.
director matthiew klinck does a great job here using music and cinematography to form a really well put together and coherent film that is able to mix the fantasy, the dark comedy and the drama. and give it up for joe mantegna for being able to see how smart and funny the script was and agree to have a small, but important, role.
i'm guessing very few people have seen this film, but i can see definite cult movie potential in Hank And Mike.