Forced Films 2019 – #9 – Tony’s 2nd Pick – It’s Such a Beautiful Day (2012)

This is the 9th of 10 films that I was “forced” to watch by my fellow bloggers who participated in my 4800th review Contest last December.  This movie was the 2nd of 2 films chosen by Tony of Coog’s Reviews

Tnx for the suggestion.  Let’s see what I thought of it….

“The next thing you know you’re looking back instead of forward. And now, at the climax of all those years of worry, sleepless nights, and denials, Bill finally finds himself staring his death in the face, surrounded by people he no longer recognizes and feels no closer attachment to than the thousands of relatives who’d come before. And as the Sun continues to set, he finally comes to realize the dumb irony in how he had been waiting for this moment his entire life, this stupid awkward moment of death that had invaded and distracted so many days with stress and wasted time.” – Narrator

Number of Times Seen – 1 (20 Feb 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A man tries to understand everything that happens in his life despite his memories confusing him even more about where he is and has been.

My Take on it – This is another film picked for me to watch that I had never heard of beforehand.

When I read the premise I didn’t quite know what to truly expect.

The overall idea here is quite innovative especially since they choose to tell this story in simple animation.

Unfortunately, things feel much too disconnected which distances the audience from caring so much about the character and what will happen to him.

The plot itself moves in some very strange directions and the biggest problem with this film is trying to find a way to differentiate between the events that are real for the character and what are complete fabrications of his broken mind.

The use of stick figure drawings to tell this story along with the choice to have it accompanied throughout with narration helps raise the level of the story a bit because it makes things feel as if they are much more profound.

Unfortunately tho, something constantly feels missing that would make this film even more impactful and enjoyable which is quite a shame.

Bottom Line – Very innovative idea that unfortunately feels too disconnected which hurts how one can view this story. The plot moves in some very strange directions and the biggest problem here is that it’s so hard to try and differentiate between what is real and what is a fabrication in the characters mind.  The use of stick figure drawing accompanied by constant narration helps make this film feel a bit more profound but something still feels missing throughout that would make it even more impactful and enjoyable.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Shot on 35mm, all of the visuals for the film were captured in-camera with experimental optical effects and trick photography. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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One thought on “Forced Films 2019 – #9 – Tony’s 2nd Pick – It’s Such a Beautiful Day (2012)

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