EVAN GLODELL   TYLER DAWSON   JESSIE WISEMAN   REBEKAH BRANDES


BELLFLOWER


This is a rather depressing movie about two nihilistic young men who hope for a global apocalypse so they can use their flame-throwing inventions and a gang they will call “Mother Medusa” to cope with it.    Most impressive is their fire-spewing souped up car named Medusa.   They’ve been inspired by The Road Warrior and Lord Humongus, and initially, hope to live out that fantasy.  The dream is interrupted when real emotions enter the picture, and Woodrow (played by the writer/director/producer/actor Evan Glodell) strikes up with Milly (Jessie Wiseman), and on a lark the two take off for Texas.  Has anyone ever listened when he/she is told, “Don’t get too close, I will hurt you”?  Usually not, nor does Woodrow, who feels superior to Milly, even though she has beaten him or goes him one better in every friendly confrontation they’ve had.  She’s a free spirit, and he thinks he likes that in a woman, without actually giving it much thought. When they return home, they and Aiden are thrown in with Milly’s friends and various conflicts among the players soon develop.

Later, when their relationship has blossomed, Woodrow thinks he is putting one over on Milly, but she one-ups him once again, and he loses it, behaves rashly, and gets into a major difficulty.  His loyal friend, Aiden (Tyler Dawson) sticks by him and tries to help him, but after a number of major incidents, convinces him to get in Medusa and run off to a new life and new friends where he will be Humongus.  

I know many have thought this a cool Indie movie, but I was a little bothered by the self-indulgent aimlessness of the major characters who seem to think little of anything beyond themselves.  They apparently do not have jobs and seem to have no purpose beyond adolescent play-acting.  The movie ends rather ambiguously, but it is hard to imagine that these two bright young men will find the satisfaction in life they are seeking.  Perhaps this is intended to be seen as a passing phase in the process of growing up and maturing, as the writer/director has implied, but I find it bothersome as a film primarily for young people.

There were parts I especially enjoyed, such as the interactions between Woodrow and Milly, which were playful and genuine.  I also appreciated the solid bond between Woodrow and Aiden, and Aiden’s sensitivity in attending to Woodrow after the accident.


Grade:  B-  By:  Donna R. Copeland