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BELLFLOWER, a heartfelt story of obsession, friendship, young love gone awry, and an angst-ridden critique of and from Generation Y, is the debut feature from the mad scientist of a filmmaker Evan Glodell. Best friends Woodrow and Aiden spend all of their free time building MAD MAX-inspired flamethrowers and muscle cars in preparation for a global apocalypse. But when Woodrow meets a charismatic young woman named Milly and falls hard in love, he and Aiden quickly join a new group of friends, setting off on a journey of love and hate, betrayal, infidelity, and extreme violence more devastating and fiery than any of their apocalyptic fantasies. Filmed using Glodell's custom-built cameras and showcasing his real-life creations (among them, homemade flamethrowers and the fire-spewing 1972 Buick Skylark, Medusa), BELLFLOWER is a hallucinatory and wholly unique ride.
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BUT, I will say, the overall plot of the movie left me a bit stupified and numbed to the characters. No one comes out truly likeable, and seems to only reinforce to the overall vacuousness of hipster Brooklynite "culture", which, in its roots consist of spoiled art-hipster-bros bumming Williamsburg. Fortunately, the movie is not set in Brooklyn and comes clean of some that irony streak which makes hipsterdom so detestable. The cognitive-dissonance experienced by the film's key players seems contagious and moves easily to the viewership (I watched it in a group). May be more hipster irony about divested existence brought on by a jaded affect and disgruntled view of modern-day society, hm?
I admire the director's "jack of all trades" vision and it's oddly beautiful at moments despite its "microcosmic apocalypse", "appetite for destruction" narratives. A little more investment to the character development and may be a story arc that doesn't leave you remote, disgusted with humanity, but I have to wonder if that was part of the point. May be my perceptions failed me or may be I have to give it another go. And that's the thing; I don't really want to--I don't want to see this movie again. You ultimately leave this movie with no message.
But certainly worth watching once. I guess. Cause it looked cool.
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