In a Heartbeat Review
In a Heartbeat is a 2017 animated short film directed by Esteban Bravo and Beth David. It is a very endearing flick.
So this movie is groundbreaking for being the first ever animated short that entirely centers on a gay relationship. And it blew up on YouTube as such a big hit that resonated with so many people. It is easy to see why as it is a very moving film about two boys falling in love in school. I found its anthropomorphized heart a great idea and the film definitely deals with a lot of things for such a short runtime.
It showcases closeted gay kids, young love, falling in love, the disdain of others and the eventual start of a relationship. The heart becoming alive was a great way to make this relationship cartoony and sweet. I liked how one boy is clumsy and shy whereas the other one is cool and handsome. That was a great choice. The animation is very good with solid colors and character design. The score is also quite beautiful. I just wished that it was longer as four minutes was way too short and there was material here for more in my opinion.
In a Heartbeat is short, but lovely featuring a groundbreaking gay romance for animation while still being incredibly endearing and simply touching.