Chance The Rapper Confronts Suicide, Consults ‘Mr. Happy’ In Short Film (Video)
In his lead acting debut, Chancellor Bennett (a/k/a Chance The Rapper) takes the role as a nervous supply store employee in the short film, Mr. Happy. The mini-movie itself is exceptionally shot by director and friend to Mr. Bennett, Colin Tilley.
The plot captures a deeply sad Chance The Rapper struggling to find happiness in a dead end job with seemingly no way out of the dark, depressed hole he finds himself drowning in. But there is hope…
To deal with this sorrow, Chance consults an online website ironically dubbed, Mr. Happy. Little does Chance know, the website does not heal his sadness in the way he initially expects, instead prescribing the online user to deal with his unending depression by clicking between the choice of a “Painful” or “Painless” death. Chance makes his terminal decision and sadly, the rest is history.
Well… not quite. In between his struggle with suicide, Chance meets a beautiful woman in the store where he works, who slowly begins to pry open his eyes to experiences he had previously missed or ignored. The problem is, C.T.R has already placed his order and the delivery date is fast approaching. But what becomes of him and the new found zest for the life he so willingly left in the hands of another?
The fiber of the film is a larger, more critical look at the decisions and actions of the suicidal and, possibly, a chance for those who may have gone through similar experiences (or who have been affected by someone who has) to re-evaluate their value of life. Although a difficult subject, Mr. Happy attacks the issue with thought-provoking, often mind-bending visualizations and storyline captured through the eye of Tilley’s compelling microscope.
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