I imagined myself singing and dancing in “Consumerism! The Musical” because it is a truly funny satire of my own shopping habits. Watching this film reminded me of what my friends’ often tell me, “You’ve got to learn to rein yourself in.” And to that, I always answer: “I will.”
This short musical film from Whitestone Motion Pictures has the tagline “It’s a Wonderful Life!” It is inspired by the culture of excess among people who spend just because they can.
The director, Brandon McCormick, explains that he drew the elements in this musical from his own choices and way of living, making the satire internal and easy to relate to. He does not intend to raise an advocacy though, or teach the world to live simply. He says, “It’s less about being preachy, more about projecting myself into a farcical world.”
Justin Carter as the “material man” empowered by a million credit cards is powerfully convincing and entertaining. He comes off as naturally as a person ruled by his desires and his ability to purchase anything on credit. The irony in the upbeat music and the helplessness of blinded consumers is hard to miss, which is just perfect for a satire. Nicholas Kirk and Billy Wilkerson did an excellent job on the music.
I recommend this film to everyone. It won’t take too much of your time and it doesn’t cost a cent to watch. Isn’t it good to know that in this time and age, some things are still free! Wonderful life, indeed.