Jerrod Carmichael makes his directorial debut and stars in On the Count of Three, a darkly comic feature about two best friends, Val (Carmichael) and Kevin (Christopher Abbott), on the last day of their lives.On the Count of Three conceals surprising heart under dark humor. Despite being legitimately funny, the film examines deep topics and finishes bittersweetly. The characters and dialogue are natural and clever, yet significant. For example, mental health, politics, and abuse are casually yet respectfully considered. Also, the acting is ranged, delivering unlikely comedy, sincerity, layered trauma, and varied mental states. This contrasting wit and tenderness synergizes, making each more impactful. Overall, On the Count of Three provides abundant substance in digestible ways. Never sanctimonious, unfocused, or predictable, it’s an honest and motivated perspective.Meanwhile, On the Count of Three supports its material with sharp technicals. The direction balances a specific tone and optimizes its weighty climax. The editing punctuates jokes, hooks with a timeline jump, and paces emotional beats. The sound provides juxtaposed tranquility, heightened anxiety, chaos, and sentimental silence. Plus, music is eclectic, effects are adequate, and the cast mixes newcomers with veterans. Finally, the cinematography employs meaningful framing, composition, angles, and focus. Each technique supports the drama, underscoring feelings with space and style. Ultimately, On the Count of Three is crafted and vulnerable. Undoubtedly, it’s time well spent.Writing: 9/10
Production Design: 7/10
Effects: 6/10Overall Score: 7.8/10.
Stars : Jerrod Carmichael, Christopher Abbott, Tiffany Haddish, Jerrod Carmichael, Christopher Abbott, Tiffany Haddish
Genre : Comedy, Drama
Country : Canada