Title: In a Heartbeat
Rating: 5 stars
A shy, middle school boy who struggles coming to terms with being gay, Sherwin, and the most popular boy in school, Jonathan. When their paths cross one day, Sherwin’s heart pop’s out of his chest to chase after the boy of his dreams. Now, Sherwin must chase after his own heart before it reveals his feelings towards Jonathan, and humiliating him in front of the entire school.
This short film contains 4 beautiful minutes. How creative can you be by putting so much humanly emotions in 4 minutes? This seemed like a complete story even when it was that short. I love short films and this is definitely a stunning one!
The story is not complicated and that’s what it makes it even better. Love can be simple, if you want it to be. The heart from the shy boy proves that when it goes chasing after the popular boy. Your mind can overcomplicate things when you sometimes just have to listen to your heart. Not only your mind has to be set apart sometimes, but also the opinions of those who don’t agree with you.
This short film is a perfect representation of how easy it should be for people to express themselves and how it still isn’t easy to express love in public for people of the same sex. I think it’s great that they chose two young boys from middle school because this will reach young ages and also parents. For kids to see that love is love no matter who you are or what you look like. And for parents to see that kids should be able to choose who they love and not what parents or society think that is “normal”. I know we keep saying it’s 2017 and it shouldn’t be an issue anymore, but face it, it still is. So, yes, these short films have an immense value.