Chance The Rapper Stars In The Dark & Edgy Short Film 'Mr. Happy'
Chance The Rapper or Chancelor Bennet (his real and more apt title for this thespian manifestation) made his short film debut moments ago, as his edgy and morbid Mr. Happy premiered via VICE. The Colin Tilley-directed piece centers on the misfortunes of Victor (Chance) and his battle with depression and suicidal tendencies, who eventually enlists in a person or service (Mr. Happy) to off him, as his own attempts proved to be unsuccessful. It's a dark take on the struggle for emotional health, but it certainly conveys the another level of the Chicago son's dynamism and how it seems to effortlessly translate to the screen, even in his portrayal of such a conflicted and unstable character.
We won't hit you with any spoilers, but it's a surprisingly gripping treatment that'll have you fixed for the entirety of its 23-minute runtime. And it's perfectly punctual, as Chance will follow-up his SXSW appearance at the FADER Fort with his very own Free The People showcase this evening, featuring Raury, Khelani, The Social Experiment (duh,) Goldlink, Towkio and a laundry list of others. So if you're at the big rumble in Austin make sure you throw that on to your docket. But either way, we'll always have Mr. Happy.