A film on the dangers (and joys) of drug use, paranoia and talking to animals, Chris Morris’s My Wrongs # 8245 – 8249 & 117, is a hard film to nail down. Like the current knockout The King’s Speech, this BAFTA winner has a wonderful and darkly British sense of humor coupled with strangely dramatic and poetic moments.
My Wrongs follows one man’s descent into madness. Our unnamed hero is an unambitious house/dog sitter. After smoking a joint he takes the dog, a burly doberman, for a walk and begins making some very bad decisions.
I had a screenwriting teacher in Germany who was fond of quoting John Ford: “You can show anything you want in a movie as long as it’s interesting.” Morris took this lesson to heart. My Wrongs is bizarre, hilarious and tragic all at the same time. Mixing live-action and animation with a quirky and very effective score, Morris effortlessly creates a manic and totally believable world wherein dogs, babies and even ducks seem out to get our hapless protagonist.
Sharp dollies, dutch angles, fast cutting and jagged zooms and focus pulls help shape the world from a camera perspective. Morris also makes use of photo montage, narration, and just about every other camera technique under the sun.
Morris went to Sundance in 2010 with his feature debut Four Lions. My Wrongs is an extremely accomplished beginning to what will no doubt be a long and interesting career.