Bellflower DVD Movie Review

by on November 16, 2011

in Entertainment, movie reviews

Bellflower DVD

This is a DVD movie review of the indie movie called Bellflower.  It’s directed, written, co-produced and co-edited by Evan Glodell, who also plays our lead character, Woodrow.

The film synopsis says that this is about two guys that spend their free time building custom weapons in preparation for their hoped for apocalypse.  Then they can form their gang called Mother Medusa.  (These guys are serious Mad Max fans.)

Me, I’m calling Bellflower a film about friendship and that’s that.  If you keep that in mind, it makes this journey a very challenging movie.  A fascinating journey.  And in the end, you’ll be saying, “Wow, Bruce was right.”

Bellflower starts out with a fascinating rewind…  watching a scene and then it starts to rewind from there, to a scene where two friends are talking about their plans for the night and how determined Aiden (Tyler Dawson) is that Woodrow (Glodell) goes home with a girl if he even looks at one.

But it’s in the bar that Woodward meets Milly (Jessie Wiseman), over a cricket eating contest.  Ick!  On their first date, they agree to drive to Texas.  (They were in California.)  While on their epic first date of a road trip, Woodward trades his car for an apocalyptic looking motorcycle, just because.

Meanwhile, Aiden (Tyler Dawson) starts dating his own girl, Courtney (Rebekah Brandes), while Woodrow is “out.”

This is where the film puts us initially, into a story of fresh, new love between people.  Ah, so sweet.

And you know that nothing good lasts forever, never mind during the length of an entire movie.  Where one thing leads to another and things don’t stay so idyllic.

Bellflower - Evan Glodell

As things develop, you really wonder where it’s going.  What are they doing?  What will happen to them if they do this, or do that?

This movie is the kind of movie that will either drive you away or pull you in to the mind-set of the scenes.

Remember how Seinfeld was a comedic take on people sitting around, doing nothing much?  Bellflower is the other side of that coin… where it heads down into the dark, depressive side of that coin.

With a twist, if that seems possible.

Bellflower - Medusa car

The movie has a great rustic, old film look to it.  With more close up scenes then expansive scenes, giving you the sense of being there.  With no gloss to distract you, you’re in the room, in their lives, in the car with these characters.  It’s a cool, classic muscle car, btw.

This is a movie for the open-minded, for those who aren’t looking for a formulaic film.

It was a cool film and I’m glad Oscilloscope provided it to me for my DVD movie review!

The extras on the Bellflower DVD include a “Behind the Scenes” featuer, another feature on the cool car and and some outtakes.  It’s not a ton, but it’s enough to add to your perception of what you just watched.  I’d call it fun and insightful.

The DVD just came out this week.  If interested, here it is on Amazon:  Bellflower (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

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