by LaSonya Thompson
Opens August 5, 2011 in New York and Los Angeles with national rollout to follow.
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Bellflower is the tale of two bosom buddies, Woodrow (Evan Glodell) and Aiden (Tyler Dawson), from the Midwest that experience a fantastic life in wild and sunny Southern California. Woodrow and Aiden pipe dream a looming global apocalypse for which they will be prepared by building flamethrowers. One may ask if these guys are rich, because throughout the movie, neither appears to hold a steady job or call home for money. Yet, the dynamic duo squander propane for testing the flamethrowers and trick out a 1972 Buick Skylark into a muscle car named Medusa. Not a cheap habit. But I digress.
Each character is tragically flawed. Woodrow falls blindly in love with Milly (Jessie Wiseman), a tomboy who trash talks and challenges Woodrow to a fifty dollar contest of who can eat the most live crickets. Yuck! But Milly has whip appeal because she goes on dates with Woodrow with the passive consent of her live-in roommate boyfriend lover, Mike (Vincent Grashaw). Jerry Springer anyone? Aiden appears to be the ‘big brother’ to Woodrow; however, Aiden drinks excessively and invites fights where he’s always the loser. Aiden flirts with gun-toting Courtney (Rebekah Brandes), a suicide case waiting to happen.
Some scenes are choppy and lack congruency, especially when a jilted Woodrow daydreams of getting revenge against Milly for breaking his heart. Bellflower’s greatest assets are the stunning cinematic imagery and convincing actors. Be prepared for gory violence. As director and writer Evan Glodell’s first feature film, Bellflower falls haphazardly between the movies Rambo and Natural Born Killers, the former for the level of violence and the latter for the drama. Glodell made a good first stab at the Hollywood dance, as Bellflower was a 2011 Sundance Film Festival selection. With the twists and turns in the plot, you shouldn’t be bored, but some scenes may have you slightly puzzled, thinking, ‘’What was that about?”.
Film Review Rating: B
Written/Directed By: Evan Glodell
LaSonya Thompson is a legal consultant to the film community residing in Brooklyn, NY.
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