Bill Watterson boxes clever with quirky comedy horror Dave Made A Maze (2019)
Dave, an artist who has yet to complete anything significant in his career, builds a cardboard box fort in his living room while his girlfriend is out and finds himself trapped within it. Despite his pleas, his friends set out to rescue him and find an unfathomably vast complex of pitfalls, booby-traps and dangers inside the cardboard construction.
The directorial debut of actor Bill Watterson, “Dave Made A Maze” is an impressively ambitious fantasy which speaks to the introspective nature of the creative process and the frustrations of feeling trapped inside your own ideas. It’s a startlingly original idea, realised through astonishing technical achievement. There’s a uniqueness to the production design as they adhere to their cardboard world and yet the film is dazzlingly beautiful to look at. While it may play out as something of an existential horror, it’s often lighthearted and darkly whimsical rather than ever actually scary. Even its ‘blood and gore’ ends up being yet another delightful manifestation of its stationery environment.
Along the way, there’s heroism, heartbreak, surreal puppetry, a ferocious minotaur and even paper-based erotica if that’s your thing. If you’re looking for something quirky, wildly creative, funny and gently inscrutable then I there’s nothing more worthy of you unboxing than “Dave Made A Maze”. It has to be seen to be believed.