Spring – Benson and Moorhead can do no wrong
Written by: Justin Benson
One of my favorite films of the last decade was a sci-fi/horror/bromance/drama called “Resolution”. It was one of the most impressive films I have ever seen in that it was so well written, well acted, well shot, well…. everything. It accomplished it’s wellness with an almost invisible budget, with little known actors playing incredibly difficult roles, and at the hands of a writing/directing duo that was new to the indie scene. I am talking of course of Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead.
So… You can imagine that when I saw that the two were making a new movie, I was beside myself with excitement. I waited for quite some time in eager anticipation, and today… I watched it. Now I will tell you all what I thought.
Evan (Pucci) has had about the worst week one could imagine. He has sat at his mother’s bedside as she succumbed to the cancer that had been destroying her for two years. He has also been fired from his job after a fist fight with a drunk ass hole who is not only threateningly driving by his house, but also pressing charges. After all of this, Evan decides to flee his problem filled life in the U.S. and go to Italy. He takes only the money left to him by his mother and a back pack of clothes, and leaves.
Once in Italy Evan does what any twenty-something, American tourist would do. He drinks… a lot… with other tourists. It is not until he walks past a beautiful young woman that his real adventure begins. That woman is Louise (Hilker), and she is as beautiful and mysterious (and monstrous) as any woman Evan has ever seen. Soon, after much reluctance from Louise, the two begin a romance which escalates rather quickly into a passionate relationship. Evan begins falling madly in love, but will the deep dark secret Louise is hiding for him be too much (or too dangerous)?
I would like to tell you that I had no doubt that Benson and Moorhead would yet again create a film that defied genre, and worked on every level. And, for the most part I didn’t, but there was a small part of me that was worried I had gotten myself way too amped up and might feel slightly let down after watching “Spring”. That was not one bit the case. With “Spring” the due didn’t only make another amazing film, they put imagery and context on screen that we’ve never seen before. Few have the talent to create a film with this quality of writing, cinematography, and originality. The film playfully dances between romance and horror and succeeds not only at blending the two but at keeping the viewer on their toes.
The cast should also receive plenty of applause. Pucci and Hilker are perfect in their roles. The two bare much of the weight and thick dialogue of the movie, and don’t bat an eye. It was also fun to see comic relief in the form of Vinny Curran (Resolution) as Evan’s boss. Francesce Carnelutti also does wonderfully in a role that I think is much more important to the story than it will seem to many.
“Spring” is currently on demand and iTunes. I strongly suggest you see it. I, in the meantime, will be eagerly awaiting whatever it is the two creators do next.