Lazy Movie Review: Bellflower


Premise:  Two dudes are building a post-apocalyptic car…  just because…  they want to…?  Also some girls get involved and stuff  gets craaaaaaaaaaaaaazy!!!!!  women be shoppin’!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pros:

-The look of the whole film was pretty cool.  It was made for $17,000 and apparently the dude who made it built his own custom camera made of old parts, in order to achieve cool (even if slightly overused) focus effects.

-Awesome vibe of these characters living in a post-apocalyptic, dystopian world throughout the whole thing, even though they were clearly just living in normal society and WISHED they were living in a post-apocalyptic world.  The film is more of an attitude and an atmosphere than a brilliantly told story.  But the fact that the Mad Max spirit is present is very appreciated.

-If this publication exists; I’m sure this will win Flamethrower Magazine’s Most Flamethrower Heavy Film of 2011.

-OK, I wonder if anyone else picked up on this…  Am I the only one who thought that Aiden’s speech mannerisms were exactly the same as Will Forte’s…?  It was kind of hilarious to me.

-I was entertained the whole time.  I know that’s a really generic statement, but it always means a lot to me.

-I’m not a car guy at all, but I certainly appreciate an awesome film car.  The Medusa was definitely an awesome film car.

-Boobs.

Cons:

-These characters would probably be cinematically badass if they weren’t dressed like hipsters with emo haircuts and Affliction-esk skin-tight shirts.  The fact that they talked like complete dips didn’t help either.  It’s like the whole movie they were on the verge of being awesome, but held themselves back with their own natural crappiness.

-Often times felt forcefully weird just for the sake of being weird.

-More style than substance, the plot is thin.  The plot twists are cliche.  It’s basically an oddball romance;  guy meets girl, guy gets heartbroken story.  But at least this one involves flamethrowers.

Final Thoughts:  It’s strange, Bellflower was a film that flowed in an incredibly natural way, yet for some reason the whole thing seemed like a forced attitude upon me.  Like it’s trying too hard.  It came across to me like a more cinematic, slightly more coherent version of that Bam Margera movie Haggard.  Just a bunch of people who don’t really care about anyone else, and think their little group of friends are the coolest people on the planet.  They break bottles after they drink them, they act impulsively about everything, they’re nonchalantly violent.  They’re essentially douchebags.  But they want you to think they’re awesome.  Now, I don’t think there is anything wrong with liking Bellflower.  I liked it.  But I think if you’re someone who truly loves Bellflower, regards it as some sort of cult masterpiece, and think it’s one of your favorite movies…  chances are you’re at least moderately douchey…  Maybe you don’t realize it, yourself.  But you’re at the very least in the middle range of lame.  I mean, it’s a decent movie.  I don’t think it’s worthy of midnight cult screenings or anything, but it’s decent.  I would recommend it to certain people, but not everybody.  It’s nothing to shoot your wad over, though.

7 out of 10

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