Fantasia: The FP


Directed by Jason Trost
Written by Jason Trost, Brandon Trost
Cast Jason Trost, Lee Valmassy, Art Hsu, Caitlyn Folley and Brandron Barrera

This film was unlike any film I had ever seen before, and I can thank Fantasia for that. The FP is about the rivalry between two gangs and their popular, competitive dance fighting, “Beat-Beat Revolution." Both gangs are trying to take control of Frazier Park, the intimate little town where our colourful characters are from.  The gangs battle and move their feet to the beat right up to the final battle between good and evil.

Our hero, JTRO, goes through a wild journey to avenge the death of his brother. To do so, he must defeat the ludicrous L Dubba E. The crazy love of a sexually charged woman fuels JTRO to victory and creates some drama as she and her romantic ties lie within the wrong circles.

Other creative and fluorescent characters are introduced along our hero’s journey: the wonderful Art Hsu plays the trusted sidekick KCDC, who's confidence and struggle to get his Beat-Beat feet in perfect condition to kick ass help JTRO along his way.

It's a very film stylized that's made for a specific audience. The crowds of Fantasia enjoyed the screening as they cheered and accepted the film with open arms; others might not be so sweet. The plot is a solid “hero must defeat evil so he may able to live in peace and run his town the way it should be” scenario, but the dialogue is entirely slang and can make or break this film for you. The costumes were outrageous and help set the tone for the setting and the characters.

The film got a lot of laughs at Fantasia, and it is something to see. The FP lets the viewer escape from reality. Jason Trost brings you into this weird and crazy universe where his characters grab a hold of you, shake you up and then let you know what’s up. There is humour and a strong character arc, which is important because only then can your hero vanquish the douche bag L Dubba E, get the girl and save the town. Go see this film and let me know what you think because it is definitely a film that's worth discussing.

3.5 out of 5 stars

-Andrea Boulet