IF ANYTHING HAPPENS I LOVE YOU – NETFLIX SHORT FILM REVIEW

FROM WILL McCormack AND MICHAEL GORIER, IF ANYTHING HAPPENS I LOVE YOU (FAMILY) IS A TENDERLY INTIMATE ANIMATED SHORT WITH IMMENSE BRAVERY AND PAIN ETCHED INTO ITS FABRIC. A MINIMALIST PRODUCTION IN ITS SKETCHED VISUALS BUT ITS EMOTIONAL POWER COULD NOT BE MORE IMMENSE. 


As the face of the streaming revolution, Netflix has acquired criticism from many for being a sign of the demise of cinema. A worry of the unknown is understandable but the company’s insistence of funding projects like The Irishman, a movie Scorsese had been making an attempt to make in Hollywood for some time, along with different projects whose contributors turned to Netflix for the possibility to release, means it gives an actual danger for filmmakers to make the movie they want to. They have utter trust in the humans and projects they pick and proffer them innovative control. It’s a director’s dream. The end result of this faith in mass distributing films which are challenging and bold is something as profoundly impacting as If Anything Happens I Love You.

With the premise, the filmmakers confirmed genuine boldness in their assured strategy towards America’s issue of faculty shootings with a tender story and documentation of a parents’ emotional ride as they try to manipulate the ensuing grief and momentous mourning phase. The pain of the narrative contrasts with a generally lovely piece


 of animation which presently seems to be the law for animated releases. A sharply etched 2D sketchbook artwork style aesthetic with emphasis positioned on characters rather than places breathes the film a harsh part solely pencil marks can bring. The visuals of the opening minutes are especially barren of placing designs, leaving an abundance of empty house which brilliantly magnifies the solitude and separation the loss has wedged between the couple. A 12-minute duration empty of dialogue locations a more layer of reliance on the suave visuals. The silence speaks extra than talk ever could.

Color comes at a premium with the abject lives mirrored in the grain sketches solely disrupted by the looming black silhouettes,

representing the thoughts of the parents. The silhouettes (with a ghoulish Scream-like quality) are yearning for companionship, embracing every other and the recollections of their baby in the most emotionally pivotal scenes, while the parents break up and fracture. This exemplary silently revealing storytelling tool is simply one instance of the abundant creativity.

Once a depressing surrounding has been imprinted both on the display screen and anyplace you are gazing from, the narrative shifts away from the grieving process to the child’s death. This most precarious concern is handled with tactility, measured distance and sensitivity. 

Along with recounting the horrific event, context is applied to the fragments of pained reminders that the mother and father located around the house. All this does is add another heaving weight of emotion, building on the already well-established pain and compassion between myself and these parents.

Approaching grief with this much compassion appears easy, but EASILY floods the story with the omnipresent thought of the grief, these you lose and the memories that come with that individual in no way depart you but bind you and there is an aching beauty in that.

And that is the first-rate description of EASILY. Painful beauty. No scene reflects this greater than the most tormenting photograph of the unwitting dad and mom waving their child off to school in what is a sickeningly intelligently animated scene.

In many instances the commendable intentions in broaching such a sensitive societal difficulty would earn a nod of appreciate from myself, irrespective of the exceptional of the film. Thankfully, that isn’t imperative for what need to be in a right and true world an awards' contender. It is pretty exclusive -and something cinema excels in- to give me, someone with no ride of this immeasurable trauma, a window, even if solely a mild peek into a journey as effective as this. 

Deeply affecting and immensely understanding, If Anything Happens I Love You are a pained journey of first-rate storytelling that only movie could exhibit. The 2D animation is superb and piercing with a sharp appointed appreciation of grief which is empathetic and familiar. So, do yourself a favor. Watch it. Please.


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