Liplock Review: Love In The Era of Tik Tok
Any cell phone that has Tiktok in it deserves to be thrown in the garbage right away along with the corpse of the owner. You would imagine Liplock to be a more an intimate tale of love, considering that it is releasing in the month of February, a few days before Valentines Day.
Although it is based on several social issues, which the next generation need to talk about, there’s nothing about these moments which really capture your attention…probably because none of the cast members are serious about the roles that have been assigned to them. The fighting sequences appear to be drafted and although it focuses on important issues such as molestation, consent, the arrogance of the rich beating the poor, nothing about this show particularly makes you want to watch it more since you have seen it all, and yet what is being shown to you seems like a mockery of the real events which one may have experienced.
The camera person does not seem to know what exactly does it want to shoot. There are additions in the frame which neither add up to any metaphorical message nor do they aesthetically contribute to the narration. It all becomes bizarre. There are Hindi dialogues which seem unnecessary in a Bengali based short film. One of the main reasons why (lately) millennials based in Bengal are unable to speak the correct mother-tongue (which is Bengali) mainly because they are more focused on translating Hindi proverbs, Hindi words into Bengali, when in the Bengali language to there are relevant proverbs and words to describe anger, hate, love, and the circumstances.
The addition of TikTok adds more to the tiresome experience of watching close-ups, mid-shot. When the father of cinema, DW Griffith, who was originally known for parting ways with the framing style of early cinemas (when long shot, tableau mode was the only framing used in films) he invented and adapted the various shot taking the technique, and alternative editing, and parallel editing to add more nuance to the narration, to chop out elements which did not help a character to focus on the necessities, the expression, the set up inside a room, the particular characters who are making a prominent role in the film.
Liplock misuses every bit of it. The cinematographer seems to be too excited about possessing a camera, (while that is understandable), what remains unacceptable is their unneeded focus and non-focus on elements which later do not add up to the story. When a shot is not taken in the desired manner there’s always a second chance to film what went gone wrong in the first take, that should be done at least before presenting the entire film on a popular platform, after joining them with audio edits. The cast members seem to be too afraid with the presence of the camera and thereby remains conscious during the shooting process.
That’s why when they kiss, it appears as if they are conscious of other eyes invading their privacy when they hit each other, they make sure the other actor does not get hurt (that’s what keeps the story unreal), when they fight, they maintain a minimum amount of decency even when they should be in a mood to strangle each other. Then there’s Tiktok which has an innate ability to constitute a major amount of detestation even when they are present on any phones. The users are often involved in silly games that create traffic jam or worse, death, but who cares? As long as you get enough hits, likes and shares.