It’s Such A Beautiful Day (2012)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 2012.  .  Screenplay by Don Hertzfeldt.  Cinematography by Don Hertzfeldt.  Produced by Don Hertzfeldt.  Music by Don Hertzfeldt.  Film Editing by .

Don Hertzfeldt’s immensely enjoyable cynicism is adapted to feature length with delightful results.  He takes three short films he made between 2006 and 2012 about a character named Bill and combines them for a long-form tale about a man who discovers he has a mysterious and potentially fatal illness.  It causes introspection in him but also turns simple tasks like hospital visits and daily walks into mind-blowing adventures as his capacities diminish over time.   Hertzfeldt has not abandoned the deceptively simple animation style of a marker on plain paper that made his work so popular from the beginning, transforming simple line drawings into vivid observations on human life thanks to strong writing and a biting sense of humour.  His brilliant methods of observing the finer points of human thought make the simplest scenes blissfully funny.

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