I Dream of Calypso is a Sweet Little Short (Trinidad and Tobago)

Julien Neaves, Caribbean Head Writer

Plot: A young girl is anxious about asking her religious parents for their permission to enter a national calypso competition.

Review: Sweet. That’s really the best word I can use the describe this 15-minute comedy-drama written by Solange Plaza and directed by Joash Alexander. The three leads all do commendable work. Little Cayla Allen as Hazel has a charm and confidence that belies her age, and I never felt like I was watching her “acting”. And her musical performance is easily the highlight of the film, leaving me singing “I have a dream” a few times after the credits rolled. Gospel singer/calypsonian Sean Daniel and radio announcer/gospel singer Michelle Sylvester are quite funny as Hazel’s parents, and they elicited more than a few chuckles both together and separately. The film is set in the 1990s but they don’t do a whole lot with a time period and the story does feel like a timeless one, so it felt a bit unnecessary.

My only gripe is that the short feels a little too short story-wise and could have benefitted from a couple more scenes of fleshing out. And I would have liked a clearer resolution. But I still enjoyed I Dream of Calypso and it makes for a sweet (that word again!), breezy, charming, comedic and enjoyable film for the whole family.

Editor Jules Score: 6.5 out of 10

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Julien “Editor Jules” Neaves is a TARDIS-flying, Force-using Trekkie whose bedroom stories were by Freddy Krueger, learned to be a superhero from Marvel, but dreams of being Batman. I love promoting Caribbean film (Cariwood), creating board games and I am an aspiring author. I say things like “12 flavours of awesome sauce”. Read more.

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