It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012)


Hmm, I think I prefer Brakhage’s simplicity over the spelled-out nature of It’s Such a Beautiful Day. I appreciate others’ love for this, and I think it is very well made and an interesting application of Brakhage’s style to a narrative structure, but I’m not a fan of the narration. There are some great moments, though: I love the three minutes of the leaf blower, the dive into (the possibly imagined) genetic history of his grandmother (“and once strangled a rock in a fit of religious excitement”), Bill’s visit to the nursing home (“You are forgiven”), and the effortlessly melancholic ending (minus the ham-fisted narrative section “But he doesn’t die here!”).

Rating: 3/5