Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
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.