For many of us dating is an inescapable part of establishing romantic relationships. Some of us love it some of us loathe it, either way we’ve all got to figure out a way to put ourselves out there. These days there is no shortage of ways to meet people. You can either go out and meet in bars or use the Internet, and believe it or not video dating is still an option.
When it comes to video dating most of us probably think of something like this, leaving us laughing our heads off and unable to take it seriously. So when we first see the title of this short film, The Video Dating Tape of Desmondo Ray age 33 ¾ , we chuckle a little to ourselves anticipating the amusing and painful awkwardness we think we are about to witness.
It’s true, Desmondo Ray does display some amusing and painful awkwardness but the film throws us for a loop as we watch Desmondo Ray not only talk about his interests and hobbies but also as he bears his soul. Desmondo is not an attractive looking character and his likes and dislikes are off putting to say the least, but the filming of his dating tape becomes almost like a confessional as he talks about the loneliness of his father and confesses his own need for love. I like the director’s choice here to take the concept of a dating video, a chance most people use to showcase their eligibility as a potential partner, and turn it around with Desmondo as he shares all the information you would normally hide.