Noob Reviews: Canvas
Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included helping explain specific points.
What is Canvas?
Canvas is a short animated Netflix original that deals with the theme of grief and focuses around an unnamed grandfather who has lost not only his wife but his love for the arts and his passion for painting. Luckily though, his daughter and granddaughter are there to support him and through interactions with his curious granddaughter, is he able to process his grief and reignite his passion for painting.
What type of genre is the film?
Canvas is an animated short film that has a run time of nine minutes (inclusive of the credits sequence).
Do you have a trailer to show us?
- The official trailer linked from Netflix’s YouTube channel -
Alternatively, you can also find Canvas on Netflix here.
When was Canvas released?
Canvas was released only a few days ago on the 11th December (2020).
Who are some of the actors and actresses that we might know?
For a full cast listing, please see the official IMDB page here.
What did you think of Canvas?
Canvas I have to admit is a very odd film at first glance as it has no spoken lines and can come across as quite depressing when you consider the theme of grief and see how this poor gentleman has turned from the things he once loved. Unfortunately, instead of helping him cope by turning his back on the arts and painting, the equipment he has around the house has simply become nothing but painful reminders of the loss of his wife. The lone easel in his front garden the most prominent of all of these. That being said, how the story plays out is exceptionally well done as the film not only addresses the various stages of grief, but you can actually see the character go through said stages and overcome them to reignite his love of painting. Eventually making the symbolic easel transition from a symbol of pain to one of hope and love once again.
One of the saddest moments in the film (spoilers ahead) I thought was at the very end of the film when the grandfather is sat in his wheelchair in front of his easel, paintbrush in hand. His granddaughter simply walks up to him when he gets emotional and rests her hand on his arm for moral support. It genuinely made me feel choked up as it was such a simple gesture but meant the world to him, and the facial expressions are done so beautifully, you could tell.
As I said, the film is exceptionally short at only nine minutes long, but the art style is so well done it just brings every scene to life and allows you to easily follow the story, feel for the grandfather and rejoice at his breakthrough. The fact that the topic of grief is such a common one and one many people may have experienced themselves makes it a daring topic to have chosen. But the way the film approaches grief and the processing of it is admirable and definitely tastefully done.
With no issues with the film, I would highly recommend giving Canvas a watch as it is not only wholesome but thought-provoking too and really does leave you with a lasting impression. Not to mention in October this year, it was also nominated as one of three contenders for the Academy Awards’ Best Animated Short Film.
What rating would you give Canvas?
I would rate Canvas as a 5 out of 5 bananas.
Canvas is exceptionally short but sweet, it hits you in the feels in the best of ways and leaves a lasting impression that really gives you pause for thought. With a simple story, beautiful art style and stunning accompanying musical score - this is definitely a film that is worth taking a few minutes out of your time to watch. On a personal note, I really hope to see more works from Chainwheel Productions (the film’s production company) and Frank E Abney III (the film’s writer and director).
Thank you very much for checking out the review. If you are interested in Canvas and would like to check it out for yourself, to form your own opinion. You can check it out on Netflix here.