My YouTube obsession is both a brilliant and horrible thing. Sometimes I end up spending hours in the black hole that is the recommendations bar. Or I find a new YouTuber and accomplish nothing in a weekend except to delve back to 4-year-old videos about their traumatic pre-teen experiences. But then sometimes the unescapable compulsion to click on the next and the next and the next leads to finding someone speaking their mind and saying exactly what I’ve been thinking all these years. Or it brings me to a series that is so brilliant I can’t tear my eyes away and just want to recommend it to everyone I meet…or, in this case, a short film. Last night I watched I Ship It. My review is basic: It is beautiful. You need to watch it.
I feel like I could stop there, as I hope we are establishing a circle of trust here at My Fangirl Life. If I tell you it’s excellent and you need to see it, you believe me and make it a priority on your “To Watch” list. But in case you are new or just not sure of my sanity yet here are my Top 5 selling points for I Ship It:
- The title is literally “I Ship It.” How can any fangirl or fanboy see that title and not be intrigued? The long-and-short of this short film is that sometimes shipping an ‘off’ pairing is better than the previously established couples. Isn’t that the story of our lives?
- It is brilliantly written, with excellent pacing and nerd-references galore. A few stellar lines include:
- “You were the Harry to my Ginny.”
- “I set-up text notifications for her twitter. Is that pathetic?”
- “This is the exact stuff great love songs are made of. Epic Romance. Torn Emotions. The Horcruxes of your Relationship.”
- It is visually stunning, with great locations and varied methods of communicating the plot progression. The library & the park look amazing on film, not to mention are places that appeal to their target audience. And the use of YouTube video diaries and photographs and music videos creates a very intriguing collection of shots that draw you right in & keeps you wanting more.
- It is expertly acted, with the actors exemplifying what it feels like to be heartbroken & socially awkward. Not to mention that fact that it stars some of the internet’s elite:
- Cold Open to Mary Kate Wiles, aka Lydia from The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. I’ve also watched her as the hipster, high-schooler version of Sansa Stark in School of Thrones and as a normal, bored teen in Squaresville; for me, she never disappoints.
- And her old beau just so happens to be Joey Richter, aka Ron from Team StarKid’s A Very Potter Musical. Need I say more? This guy is a fandom legend already. (“Favorite color of vine other than green?” “Red Vines!”)
- The best friend is played by Sean Persaud. To be honest I hadn’t heard of Sean before watching I Ship It but I immediately viewed some of his other work because I love awkward nerds. So much. I recommend A Tell Tale Vlog…or better yet the Kissing in the Rain series with Mary Kate.
- It has an incredibly relatable plot, even though it hits onuber nerdy & hipster things. Without giving too much away,the whole film centers around two recently single friends and their quest to vanquish their broken hearts. How do they do this? By giving away mementos of lost love on Craigslist and by partaking in wizard rock. Yes, wizard rock is exactly what you think, bands who play fun Harry Potter inspired music. The film has stellar songs in it, but I want you to hear them for the first time during you first (of many) viewing, so here are a few of my other fave wizard rock videos from YouTube:
If I didn’t convince you with that list, I’m not sure I’ll ever sell you on it…I’m also not sure you belong on this site. Although you are welcome to stay! Maybe look around a little more…please don’t leave (Geez Kris, chasing away readers with your social awkwardness). But back on topic…watch I Ship It. I’ve made it easy by linking it below. Then let me know what you think in the comments!
Love & Luck,