The Best Part of My Day
It’s been a stage in everyone’s life. You find that certain special someone and your chance to spend time with them is thwarted at every turn, a victim of the fates. That scenario is portrayed perfectly in writer/director Benjamin Dewhurst’s The Best Part of My Day.
Al (Adam Lord) leads a life that is the personification of mundane. He strides the same steps to and from his job and has little interaction with the outside world. His days are predictably boring, but new neighbor Janey (Destiny White) moves in and turns everything upside down.
Soon Al finds himself immersing himself into the hobbies she partakes in, but is always one step behind and he and his beauty are never able to be on the same page. Even a courtyard BBQ he organizes doesn’t afford him the chance to spend more than a few moments with her.
A turning point in their “relationship” happens when Al witnesses Janey and her boyfriend have a spat late one night. Janey used to greet him with smiles and a wave, but now she takes little notice of him. His world is thrown even more on its head when he spies her taking boxes to a moving van parked in the courtyard. But what should he do? Should he continue as he has or break from his routine and tell her his feelings? Either choice has repercussions that will alter life as his knows it.
The Best Part of My Day is essentially a silent film. In its 16-minute run time, only about a minute of dialog is spoken, so it relies heavily on the performances of its lead actors, both of which are wonderful.
A sweet little short that has more than its fill of funny moments, Dewhurst gives us a charming tale that we can all too easily relate to.