Friday, June 5

Movie Review: It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012)

Length: 23 minutes
Released: 2012
Genre: Comedy, Short film, drama, & animation
Rating: Unrated (I would guess a PG)
Where I Got It: Watched on Netflix


A series of dark and troubling events suddenly force Bill to consider the meaning of his life, blending traditional animation with experimental special effects. Don Hertzfeldt's "Everything will be OK" trilogy winds to a close in this chapter that finds a hospitalized Bill wrestling with his failing memory.


You can't help but adore Don Hertzfedlt and his work. He uses such simple animations, but it is amazing. He is hilarious, but this tale of Bill goes MUCH deeper then the rest of his work. Yes, it still holds his classic humor, but it really makes you think and feel. Even though I like the mindless humor from time to time, a real story with some meaning is truly the best. 

I had watched the "trilogy" of Bill earlier on and I had always wanted more and then this movie came out. It also finally came to Netflix, so I was a happy camper! However, I didn't watch it right away....I was afraid this mini film was going to ruin the story of Bill. Silly of me, in hindsight, but still. I was worried it would turn out like all those other YouTube turned into movie/shows. One night, Boyfriend and I were "forced" to watch this by our friend, Sam. Thank goodness for him! I am kicking myself for waiting soooooooooooooo long!

The mix of animation and some real life clips is beautifully done. The sounds and the narration truly pull the film together. It's an interesting way to pull a movie together, but I am glad that Don Hertzfedlt kept his classic stick figure drawing. He tried something new with blending in real life clips and like I said earlier....beautiful.

Some fans of Don Hertzfedlt are probably curious about the humor aspect. YES, it still is funny, but it is bitter sweet humor. You know that humor where you kind of feel bad laughing, because you know Bill is suffering a serious stuff? That is the humor, BUT it is done well and doesn't make the film "awkward" or "cheesy". It is beautiful. It does really capture is bitter sweet. We have our laughs, but horrible things happen all the time.

Look at me getting deep. ^_^ 


My biggest complaint is that it was too short. I would have tried to make it at least 30-45 minutes. Any longer would have made ruined the movie. Just a few minutes longer would have made it be even better! My second complaint is the order in which the film takes place. I honestly wished it didn't time job as much. I'm not a huge fan of flashbacks (there are a few exceptions) and I would have outlined this movie a little bit differently.

Other then those two complaints, this was certainly a great movie. I could watch it a million times like the "trilogy" and never get tired of it. PLUS it is short, so THAT is a bonus, so you can watch multiple of times without feeling like you are wasting your day away. haha

In the end, this was a wonderful film. It certainly did wonders to the story of Bill. WHICH, poor guy. I must applaud Don Hertzfedlt and his creative genius. Not only is he funny, but he can add so much meaning to his story. Now, you don't have to watch the the "trilogy", but I highly recommend you do before watching this. Out of five stars, I stamp this with 5. It's more like 4.5, but I rounded since I don't give decimals. 



Blodeuedd said...

*coughs* Really, no

Melliane said...

I didn't know about this one, but it sounds so great! you made me really curious there.