The Rotten Fruit of Eden tells the tale of Adam (David Black) wandering the grounds of the Garden of Eden as he is approached by the Snake of Eden (Hope Beale). As the snake attempts to coerce Adam into eating the forbidden fruit, she finds that the task far more difficult than anticipated. As Adam seems to find several legitimate reasons not to partake, the snake must find new ways to appeal to him.
Producer-writer-star David Black’s short falls somewhere between parody and satire, as it’s making fun of the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The filmmaker is clearly trying to make people laugh as he creates a somewhat modern retelling of the Biblical tale. As the two characters bicker back and forth about the worth of eating said forbidden fruit, the oddities of religion make their way to the forefront and attempt to choke the life out of the beliefs of many. This is not meant for easily offended viewers, but rather for those who can shrug off the finger-pointing and name-calling and can laugh at their shortcomings.
Black and his cohorts have a less-than-optimistic view of Christianity. Having attended a Catholic school from ages five to thirteen, I understand the narrative perspective of The Rotten Fruit of Eden. It’s essentially been hammered, quite vigorously, into my brain since I was just a tyke that these stories are legitimate. While I tend to err on the side of caution and think skeptically about just about everything, I’ve held firm to the idea that even if everything I’m being told didn’t actually happen, there is some truth to it. Seeing both sides of the coin is a quality essential to appreciating the film, as Black intentionally leads audiences down a very specific path intending for them to see the ridiculousness of the nearly 2000-year-old tale.
“…the snake attempts to coerce Adam into eating the forbidden fruit…”
While I appreciate the sentiment and laughed at the somewhat vexing jokes, its agenda proves most irritating. While I’m all for people to believe anything they choose, the almost aggressive nature by which Black attempts to shove his ideas down viewers’ throats is a bit too difficult to swallow. His almost belligerent approach is sure to turn off many viewers.
While the writing of The Rotten Fruit of Eden is too abrasive, the crew does a wonderful job creating idiosyncrasies that make the old story pop. Given that the seducer present in the Bible story is a serpent, it poses some issues for a low-budget film to create something believable in terms of a talking snake. Rather than an actual reptile, the being attempting to seduce Adam is a woman in a snake costume (think Medusa on a budget). The makeup is impressive, and the attention to detail is stellar. The choice to make her a snake person is brilliant as it lets an attractive woman portray the seductress attempting to tantalize the innocent man. This decision allows for a relatable and funny conversation that will resonate with viewers in one way or another.
Even as ridiculous as The Rotten Fruit of Eden is, viewers can see the talent present in Black, Beale, and the rest of the crew who played a role in creating this unique spectacle. It seems that the intention is to ruffle some feathers and force viewers to question their beliefs. While I certainly appreciate the sentiment behind Black’s mission, the fact is that he takes things a bit too far on occasion, forcing his creation to struggle on some levels.
"…viewers can see the talent present in Black, Beale, and the rest of the crew..."