"Johnny Colorado" may come off as a pop-culture comedy, but at its roots, the short film deals with a universal crisis in human life. Alejandro Espinoza and Michael Benton reflect a deep-rooted psychological analysis with respect to one's social background.
There are many "Johnnys" among us, but we can't always identify them. The film explores the subconscious attitude of humanity that entices us to wear a facade for others.
Johnny has this inner struggle, suffering from the fear of losing. Outwardly, he's a showman with a big attitude. When in reality he wants to cover up his weaknesses by being bigger than life. The story starts with Johnny in a job interview and we understand who he is, immediately.
The use of editing highlights "Johnny Colorado's" theme, which is ultimately a lesson in identity that teaches us if we spend all of our time trying to make ourselves into someone based on other people's opinions, we will most-likely forget who we are inside.
"Johnny Colorado" examines this ever-increasing problem in our society in this comedic masterpiece.