David Reilly’s piece “Please say something” is a worth while watch. The visuals of this film are simplistic yet because it is constant it makes for an aesthetic that pleases the eye. This is important in an animation because without a catching visual the film would be dull and not very immersive for audience.
Despite the simple visuals the characters cast into this film show a lot of depth. The characters cat and mouse develop their personality throughout the film making them Intriguing. At the start we find out our cast are in an abusive relationship. Throwing this at us in the beginning of the film gives a sense of tension in every scene to come. With mouse being an abusive workaholic we start to sympathies with cat as she/he struggles to keep their love alive. However traumatic events that happen closer to the end of the film help change our couples perspectives on life. In particular the mouse.
The incident that shapes mouse happens through the form of a car crash. Moments before this accident mouse and cat fight over the radio with mouse favoring the radio turned off. This causes the car to veer out of control. We know this shapes the mouse because in a later scene we are shown with a similar confrontation. However instead of confronting the radio as he dd in his previous experience he left the scenario as it is. This sort of development is an essential to making film. If a main character cant develop there is little purpose to their story. They remain constant and deterring to the audience.
Another astounding aspect of this film is the use of props, in particular the scarf. Such a small materialistic object yet it carries so much meaning. In a sense it seems that the intention was that the scarf represented hope. Not only does it comfort cat when he is lost in an internal confrontation it also stops mouse from take his/her own life. Being able to make such an every day object into something meaningful just adds more insight to the skill David possesses as a film maker.
Finally what really completes this film is how symbolic the film is. Even the main characters are symbolic.The struggle the two have can be traced back to a simple interpretation. Cats and mice don’t get along. You watch the inevitable destruction of their relationship through their continuous fighting. This results in the death of cat which brings us to our next meaning. When mouse finds out cat didn’t make it the world falls apart and there is only a red pathway. Red can often be associated with death. This can be interpreted as mouse only sees death as a way out of his pain. It is these symbolic meanings that make this film so rich in flavor
In conclusion David knows how to make an excellent film. His craftsmanship with aesthetics and narrative even won him the Golden Bear award. He shows these exceptional skills through his use of symbolism, character development and visuals.