Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou
Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 2012. Bitter Films. Screenplay by Don Hertzfeldt. Cinematography by Don Hertzfeldt. Produced by Don Hertzfeldt. Music by Don Hertzfeldt. Film Editing by Brian Hamblin.
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.