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Quirky and original, but lacking something,
This review is from: Prairie Love (DVD)
"Quirky" is a term that often comes up in my reviews. There's probably a good reason for that, as I tend to lean more towards offbeat films with an oddball sense of humor. Prairie Love had promise to have all of those quirky factors that I love about films, so needless to say it was one I was eager to see.
The film takes place in the icy tundra of North Dakota. We're first introduced to a loner (Jeremy Clark), driving about the snowy roads in a beat up old station wagon, cluttered with trinkets and antique appliances and with a trailer carrying a dead deer in tow. As if that isn't a strange enough picture to imagine, our drifter happens to find a man laying in the middle of the road, near death.
Normally that last part doesn't sound like it would be funny, but when the frozen young man (Garth Blomberg) suddenly awakes in his whitey tighties and begins to spring across the ice road while his skin freezes, you realize the type of humor that is in store. As it turns out, the man that nearly froze to death was in pursuit of his prison pen pal, which he believes to be the love of his life. While the drifter saved the romantic's life, something seems off about the whole situation though.
Things take an even more awkward and humorous turn when we realize that the drifter is planning on stealing the romantic's, known as NoDak, girlfriend whom he hasn't yet met face to face. Thus plays out a series of unusual, darkly comical scenarios that build up to a very unlikely, and yes quirky, love story.
The girl (Holly Lynn Ellis) is soon revealed and keeps up with the peculiar nature of the film. She's as strange as the rest of the characters, albeit quite cute and lovable. I can't help but wonder what she did to wind up in prison. Her naivete and innocence takes her on a journey that isn't quite what she was expecting, and perhaps wasn't what the audience was expecting as well.
I mentioned I love films with a unique sense of humor. This film certainly has a lot of those characteristics. The barren landscape, North Dakotan accents, and truly bizarre characters make this picture stand out. However there were times I couldn't help but feel a little bored. Certain scenes almost felt as if they were quirky for the sake of being quirky, which to me drew away from the real appeal of the film: the characters and their story.
I suppose one could argue many of the aforementioned moments of the film I didn't particularly care for only build on the zaniness of the characters, but personally to me I just felt like they were distractions. Prairie Love is still one of the better and more unique offbeat romances I've seen recently, and the finale really made up for what I felt lacked in other places in the film.
Source: criticnic.com 28 December 2012
Disclosure: Film sent by Film Movement