Conner’s Critique: Onyx The Fortuitous and The Talisman of Souls

Onyx the Fortuitous, or better known in some cultures of meme as That Arby’s Guy, has had plenty of videos made of him by his creator and actor, Andrew Bowser. Now he’s kickstarted his very own movie based on the same person. When we found out about the movie was about to come out, we jumped the chance to be able to review it! As always, we break down our reviews by story, acting, and overall.

So without further ado, let’s jump on into it.

Story 7/10

I will specifically say the story concept is interesting and fun, but it does seem to make the movie feel very short. It isn’t. That’s not to say that it’s a bad film. It’s just a very small segment of Onyx that Fortuitous’s world. I personally would have liked to have seen a little bit more interaction with his everyday life before jumping into the mystical journey of the film. Regardless, I still enjoyed the mystical adventure from the film.

I will specifically say that I found the ending to be very saccharin, but as with the other issues with the story, it doesn’t detract from the fun journey, which is the majority of the film. I probably would have thought it better to have used it as a stinger at the end of the credits, but how can you go wrong with a nod to Beetlejuice.

Acting 9/10

I will specifically say that characters that are based on memes and online fame can usually be difficult when it comes to modifying them to long form content. This film however adventures into Onyx’s desire and interest in dark magic, while still heavily playing upon his outcast and awkward features in the film.

I will specifically say that Andrew Bowser does an amazing job taking this meme character and making him fleshed out, fully incorporated, and does not break, change, or give up on the act in anyway during the film. We’ve all seen this not work out as well, when we look to other attemps, like so many Saturday Night Live movies, where they try to take one of their skit characters and make them into a full-length film.

Let’s be honest, no matter how much we want it, we couldn’t sit through a movie dedicated to Chris Kattan’s the Mango.

The supporting cast is rounded out by Arden Myrin, Rivkah Reyes, Melanie Chandra, and Terrence ‘T.C.’ Carson, who all do an amazing job filling out the world in the movie. They make the weird world that Onyx walks within more realistic, without becoming to serious or too comical. I also want to give extra credit though to Olivia Taylor Dudley, which you might know better from the Magicians. This is due not only to her amazing performance in the film, but also the fact that she was a producer on the film, helping to bring this movie to fruition.

As for the movies villain, it’s not a secret early on that Jeffrey Combs plays the antagonist of the film. He comes off like a slightly more confident version of John Hamm’s cult leader from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Overall 8.5/10

If you like outlandish or wild comedies, this one definitely has a lot of beats that will pull you into it and give you a fun journey. However, if you don’t like off the wall, ridiculousness, or larger than life characters, them this movie might not be right for you.

Anyone, though, that grew up on the internet will likely want to see this meme expertly pulled into its own story.

Conner’s Final Thoughts

I know this is a Kickstarter movie, but I really am impressed with the level of puppetry, special effects, and acting on the part of the people within the film. They went full force to making this movie and although I was waiting a bit for it, due to the nature of kickstarter movies, I am very happy with the quality of product they put out.

I’m sure they all the kickstarters feel the same.

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