Monday, January 16, 2012

Bellflower: Movie Review


Guys being guys and girls being psychotic.

“Bellflower” opens and continues with guys being guys. They have no regard to how they live, they just get drunk and build flame-throwers. They are similar, I’m assuming, to how writer, director and star Evan Glodell behaves with his male friends. If it can blow-up, Aiden and Woodrow will find a way to make it blow-up. And then Woodrow meets a girl and falls in love. 2011

Directed by: Evan Glodell

Screenplay by: Evan Glodell

Starring: Tyler Dawson and Evan Glodell

The romance element is played out quickly. Because, as I said, the film is about guys being guys. It’s also about girls being psychotic. It’s hard to stay in love with that explosive mix going on. Seeing as they will throw gasoline on any fire that’s burning, the flames just leap up higher and engulf everyone and everything.

Not being a guy myself, I didn’t connect with Aiden and Woodrow in the beginning, although I certainly have met guys like them. The girls, Milly and Courtney, are way more destructive than any girls will admit to being. The characters, the acting, and the dialogue are the weaker elements to the film, but the story that they insist they are telling is just so intriguing you won’t want to turn this off.

As the poster suggests, and their past-times, “Bellflower” gets very violent. But the interesting thing is that it’s not just mindless violence. The characters are just so calamitous, that they have their reasons for everything that burns, explodes, crashes or dies. It is dark and devastating, and unfortunately, a little more empty than it should have been.