WHAT DID JACK DO?

A detective interrogates a monkey who is suspected of murder.

Year: 2020
Certificate: 12
Director: David Lynch
Starring: David Lynch

Information Page: https://www.newonnetflix.info/info/81226955

Netflix recently surprised their subscribers with a new short film, “WHAT DID JACK DO?”, from renowned director David Lynch about a monkey that is suspected of murder. The film itself was actually first shown in 2017 (read the full story behind the short) so it’s not new as such, but it was added to Netflix on the day of Lynch’s 74th birthday. So, what’s it all about? Well… as the description states: it’s about a detective interrogating a monkey suspected of murder.

The film has a runtime of just 17 minutes and is stylised as a grainy, black and white 1930’s style film complete with a scratchy audio track and occasional jumps in the film. It does look pretty cool in that sense. But then we get to the monkey… Oh, I forgot to mention, the monkey can talk. Obviously talking monkey’s aren’t real so for “WHAT DID JACK DO?” they use Lynch’s mouth merged over the monkey’s mouth so he can talk. If you’ve ever seen “Annoying Orange” on YouTube you’ll be familiar with this style.

The story itself is as odd as you would expect it to be. Through some strange conversations we begin to learn what Jack, the monkey, did but at times the dialogue is a bit too weird and random with the replies to some questions not really being very coherent. It’s amusing but in a very weird kind of way; it’s like sticking your finger into a wound to see what’s underneath – you know it’s not the best idea you’ve had but you’re strangely fascinated by how it will turn out…

If you’ve got a spare 17 minutes then do go ahead and watch it. You might love it, you might hate it or, like me, you might just come away wondering what you’ve just witnessed… It’s not that “WHAT DID JACK DO?” is bad, it’s just weird. But some people love weird!

Have you seen this film? Let us know your opinions in the comments below and of course if there are any films on Netflix UK you want us to review let us know!

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