Take Me Out

Take Me Out ★★★★½

I'm a little ashamed I waited so long to watch this, because Take Me Out is a most impressive short film. From a technical standpoint, it's truly stunning. Genuinely some of the most beautiful cinematography I've encountered all year, watching it on my TV I couldn't help but think "damn that looks good" multiple times throughout. The editing is also very well done, the use of montages never once felt out of place. I also really loved the sound design, it made so many parts of the film even more engrossing. And for once, aspect ratio changes for different points for the film were not annoying, but actually worked in the film. But on an emotional level, man, this one hits hard. A harrowing depiction of depression, this film truly understands empathy and the interiority of people, all of which we see through Bruce, a character who is so very real that you also feel like you've known him for years. I do have some nitpicky issues with the story, but overall this is one of the best short films I've seen in a long time. I look forward to the day where I can watch a film directed by Fritz Frauendorf in theaters.