Although Bruce Nicholson's short film, "A Gallery View" is more akin to a dance that has been recorded than a short film, the requirements to actually be called a movie are all present and accounted for. There are actors, there are edits, and there is a story - even if only just. The story itself is rather open to interpretation, but that doesn't mean there isn't one. Considering the dreamy nature of the content itself, the open-ended nature of the plot actually encourages the viewer to use their imaginations - and that reader, makes this film even more enjoyable.
"A Gallery View" is like being able to enter into the mind of the protagonist. In this case, a man casually strolling through a gallery. It's during this trek he notices movement from of the paintings and the next thing you know, he's inside the beautiful landscape... and he's not alone. What follows is a playful, joyous dance starting with the mysterious girl, and eventually encompassing the both of them. It looks so easy, flowing, and carefree. But we all know that the easy, carefree look of the dance is not as easy as it looks - but that's the topic of another discussion. In this five minute short, it's all so dreamy and easy to get lost in. That's the point... right?
I mean... there really isn't a whole lot to write about a five-minute film that is dance-oriented. Does it look magical? Yes. Did it make me want to simply relax, enjoy the playful music as I watched a man and woman flutter around my screen? Again, yes. It all really does look so picture perfect and yes reader, magical as well. I have no complaints and only compliments for this short film, it was an escape... even if only for a few minutes. In today's world, I'll take my escapes where I can get them.
One thing I did find myself noticing, and it's kind of an odd thing, but "A Gallery View" reminded me of watching cable TV. Not today's cable, and not streaming or YouTube, but classic television. This short film reminded me of the short films they would sometimes put into the programming rotation. Specifically, that old piece that was called, "The Log Driver's Waltz" I believe. It's hard to explain, but I do mean that as a compliment - a big one.
When it's all said and done, Bruce Nicholson's short film is but a quick diversion, but a good one. You won't take away any massive plot, or earth-shattering question - but it will delight anyone who is a fan of the arts. Specifically, dance. "A Gallery View" was just what the doctor ordered in these troubled times. A solid four stars.