You love your job. You wake up every morning, and that's what you tell yourself.
Then you go to the office. And you're beset by superficial motivational posters, senseless meetings with pie charts and a dressing down from a boss. A commemorative pen reminds you that yes, you've wasted five years of your life toiling way in this particular professional hell. You smile and nod, and feign mild enthusiasm—when you can muster it. But you're not really fooling anyone.
This ad for jobs site Monster manages to pack in an awful lot of rich if depressing subtext, especially given the minimal dialogue. Created by BBDO in New York—though running only in the U.K.—it may be aided by the fact that advertising creatives feel uniquely qualified to weigh in on hating their jobs. Strong as the script is, though, the miserable protagonist delivers a knockout performance, nailing limp-armed, slack-shouldered ennui. And director Noam Murro suffuses the atmosphere with the perfect fluorescent gloom.
Little details, like our hero's thousand-yard stare into the bottom of a paper cup at the water cooler—as if he's dreaming he could escape by diving in—help tip the scales in favor of absurdist comedy. And the ever-growing nose, a familiar device, manages to serves its purpose without feeling hackneyed. For one thing, it invites the viewer to wonder if it will clear the closing elevator doors, a fresh and amusing take on Pinocchio's dilemma. And in the final shot, when the tragic hero squeaks out one more little lie to his wife, its ridiculous proportions drive the point home.
Now, all it needs is a eureka moment, where the guy realizes he should be grateful he has a job at all.
Agency: BBDO, New York
Chief Creative Officer: David Lubars
Executive Creative Directors: Mike Smith, Greg Hahn
Creative Director, Art Director: Jens Waernes
Creative Director, Copywriter: Oliver Handlos
Producer: Amy Wertheimer
Executive Music Producer: Rani Vaz
Worldwide Account Director: Paul Suchman
Account Director: Courtney Hermanas
Production House: Biscuit Filmworks
Director: Noam Murro
Director of Photography: Simon Duggan
Managing Director: Shawn Lacy
Executive Producer: Colleen O'Donnell
Editorial: Final Cut
Editor: Eric Zumbrunnen
Effects: Method, New York
Music: "Edelweiss" from The Sound of Music by Rodgers & Hammerstein/Imagem Music