out of Five
Running time: 62
It’s Such a Beautiful Day is an original and amusing animation that demonstrates the undeniable talent of Don Hertzfeldt. However, the animation arrangement sometimes doesn’t work and the film loses focus slightly somewhere around the middle.
What’s it all about?
Written, directed, animated and narrated by Don Hertzfeldt, It’s Such A Beautiful Day is a combination of selected animated shorts by Hertzfeldt, including Everything Will Be OK and I Am So Proud of You and follows Bill, a neurotic stick-man who’s struggling to work out the meaning of life. Delving into Bill’s back story and present situation, It’s Such a Beautiful Day explores Bill’s difficult upbringing and his complicated family relationships to uncover why Bill is such an anxiety-ridden oddball and why he hasn’t been having much luck with his relationships recently.
Combining his black-and-white drawings with apt film footage and photographs, Don Hertzfeldt presents an overall pleasing film that demonstrates his unique and original talent as a filmmaker. Although simple, Hertzfeldt’s drawings are striking and they perfectly suit the deadpan narration and the film’s creative soundtrack.
Hertzfeldt’s technique of communicating the story of Bill, including his upbringing and relationship history, is amazingly inventive and provides his lead character with more dimensions, which in turn makes him appealing to watch. The script is also well written and the film as a whole features many amusing moments, with most of them centring on the anxiety-stricken Bill and his eccentric way of handling his everyday mundane experiences.
Although its uniqueness is rather refreshing, there are a few aspects of It’s Such a Beautiful Day that don’t quite work. Despite being witty and fun to watch, the scenes that explain Bill’s upbringing and his relationship with his mother feel a little misplaced and as a result the tone and flow of the overall film isn’t quite as smooth as it should be. There’s also a sense that halfway during the film Hertzfeldt’s storytelling loses focus, which in turn makes It’s Such a Beautiful Day a little challenging to stick with at times. The novelty of Bill can also wear off, with Hertzfeldt’s monotonic narration becoming ever so slightly grating after a while.
It’s Such a Beautiful Day is an enjoyable and entertaining animation that makes for a refreshing cinema experience and proves Don Hertzfeldt as a filmmaker to watch. Worth seeing.