Idiots and Angels
They say that variety is the spice of life. In a continuing attempt to embrace that variety here with One Movie Each Day, I’ve decided to dedicate each Wednesday review to the stranger side of cinema, the type of movies that I’d never normally watch, but that I’m kind of secretly glad exist. In celebration or in condemnation of the eccentric, the odd, the freaky, the kinky, the ghastly, the freaky, the fearful, and the flaky, I nearly belatedly present this the fifth installment of Wednesday Weirdness.
This one is definitely weird, but it’s weird in an entirely different kind of way than some of my prior entries in this series. Idiots and Angelsis a short animated feature from renowned animator Bill Plympton. While it’s animated, it’s not exactly the kind of thing you’d see from Disney or Dreamworks. Animated using a minimalist hand-drawn style, the film focuses on a character called Angel. Angel is a massive jerk, he spends all day hanging out at a bar, where he’s rude to the staff and the other regulars. However, this all changes when he wakes up one morning to discover that he’s grown a pair of feathery wings.
In addition to be socially embarrassing, these wings seem to have a mind of their own. Worse still they seem committed to doing good! This kicks off a series of events that are better viewed than described.
This is indubitably a unique and creative film. I think I may have seen one or two shorts from Plympton, but this is certainly the first feature, (albiet a short one at just 78 minutes.) The film is structured as a series of neatly connected little episodes, and flows from one to the next easily, especially as the film moves along. It does move at a pretty slow pace at first, but the action definitely ramps up as it progresses towards the ending. Essentially a silent film, with no credited acting cast, and not a word of dialogue spoken, (although some songs in the fantastically appropriate score do have lyrics,) the pacing issues may flow, (in part) from my need to get used to a story being told with only simply drawn images and some mumbles and grunts. This isn’t the kind of movie that will appeal to everybody, but to me it is definitely worth seeing.