I'm actually really confused with the Gem Winner for movies. I thought that the pool of contestants was actually quite competitive in multiple categories, and I was pleased with that selection- but having "Criminal!" win the overall contest, well, that just absolutely came as a shock.
I hadn't watched it when it was nominated, so I played it today expecting something really quirky and unusual, seeing as how there were so many good entries this year. So I'm watching it, and it's nothing special, but I think to myself, "just wait, it'll probably pick up unexpectedly and get good, be patient", but nothing ever came. Frankly, it was a let down.
How does "Criminal!" win when pitted against these entries:
These are only a handful of good submissions, and there are many more I didn't mention. Just about all of the ones I mentioned are easily better than "Criminal!", and a lot of the ones I didn't mention are also better.
I'm looking at "Criminal!", and I am baffled. The animation wasn't very good. It could have been worse, yeah, but it could have been MUCH better as well. I understand that it may work well with stick figures, but even then, those stick figures could have been FAR more dynamic. The humor was virtually non-existent. I smirked once at the beginning, but the rest was just boring to watch. The jokes just seemed totally impotent and nothing of note. The voice acting wasn't good, either. Not just the sound quality, but also the actual voice acting.
I'm watching this, and I'm not seeing many redeeming qualities. I'd score it at about a 2.50 or so. I certainly wouldn't want to watch it more than once, considering the fact that I didn't want to even have to finish the whole thing the first time. It sort of fell into the whole "low-production, weird style, absurd situation" classification, but there were other entrants that were of similar nature to "Criminal!" that were much better.
The only reasoning I can imagine behind making this the winner of the undiscovered gem competition is that it won based on its sheer obscurity. It certainly qualifies as undiscovered and overlooked, certainly- but I would NOT call it a GEM.
I'm not mad about this, since I neither gain nor lose anything no matter what flash is named the winner. I'm just absolutely clueless as to why this won, and I'm feeling frustrated because I feel like other submissions are getting shafted and one submission is getting attention I just can't bring myself to believe it deserves.