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Critic Reviews for Spring
A cousin to Richard Linklater's 'Before Sunrise' trilogy, with little hints of Lynchian unease along the way.
While not perfect, low-budget Spring takes welcome risks with the creature-feature genre.
Even a not-so-great ending can't overturn everything that came before it.
This oddball film's mashup innovations often come at the price of storytelling discipline and, to some extent, common sense.
Audience Reviews for Spring
Spring, to me, is an S tier movie. There's really nothing I can find wrong with this movie. The acting, cinematography, chemistry of the two main characters, story - all of it, is so on point. I've showed this movie to several friends, some are thrown off by the "horror-romance" aspect of it. I think that displaces some purists, however, the 'horror' side of the story is what really drives the conflict and I welcome it with open arms. (That's the most general way I can phrase it without spoiling anything.) This was my favorite movie last year and I've watched it several times since, something I rarely do with movies lately.
You know, Twilight has nothing to do with this film, but I'm reminded of the meme 'Still a better love story than Twilight' in regards to different films or tv series, sometimes even referring to stuff that isn't even remotely meant to be romantic. For example, Jesse Pinkman and Walter White: Still a better love story than Twilight. Though, at least in this film's case, it actually fits the content of the film considering that this is a horror/romance film. Though, admittedly, it's far more of a romance film than it is a horror movie, but the horror that is there does add some mystery that, honestly, keeps you guessing right until the reveal of what exactly Louise is. That's one of the highlights about the film, it really does keep you guessing. They give you just enough to keep you intrigued and into the film, but none of the guesses I threw out were actually right. Let's just say that it was a combination of all the guesses at once. I'm not gonna spoil it, because that's part of what makes the movie so compelling and rewarding to watch, but let's just say that the movie doesn't play out as one would imagine it to be. Say what you will be about horror movies, particularly some who use it to just rip off a few bucks from, probably, the most dedicated fanbase out there, as far as film genres go, but there's a whole lot of really creative people out in the independent horror movie scene right about now and, honestly, in my opinion, the horror genre is at its healthiest than it has been in a long time and it's thanks to films like this, trying to change how we view horror films and what the genre can actually achieve if a little more thought is put into the actual stories you're telling. Not that I'm saying that your slashers and supernatural movies be done with, I enjoy those movies as much as anyone else, but I'm saying that we need these auteurs bringing new life and creativity to a genre that some believe lacks it. The film's leads, Lou Taylor Pucci and Nadia Hilker, have excellent chemistry and they make for a great couple. There's something so easy about how they are with each other that makes them believable as a couple, even though, in the film, they end up knowing each other for five days, when the film ends. The film is incredibly well-written and smart, but the dialogue is such that it doesn't really feel like Lou and Nadia are actually performing, there's something very natural about their chemistry. That's what makes the film so great, to me. The only issue I think that some people would have with the film is the fact that the pacing, at first, is definitely slow paced. I think, if you're looking for a more casual experience in terms of horror (or romance) then that might put you off a bit. But, ultimately, I found the movie, once Louise comes into the equation, to be really satisfying to get through. Particularly once Louise reveals what her 'condition' is and her and Evan go on an, impulsive, road trip where Evan will try to convince Louise that she's in love with him before time, literally, comes out. This is absolutely important to where the film is trying to go. What's also interesting is that, during this road trip, Louise and Evan have some surprisingly interesting existential debates about the nature of what she is and giving up what she is for love. It sounds like it might not work, particularly with how the movie is structured, but I thought it was really good. And the ending, honestly, is really excellent. I'm not even gonna bother describing it, because it won't make sense out of context, but it is a beautifully simple ending that is actually really fucking sweet. And it doesn't feel like cheesy or unearned, like these two characters deserve this ending. If you've seen the movie Undertow, it's an excellent gay romance drama, but this ending reminds me of that ending's beauty and simplicity. Though, honestly, the Undertow ending was better, but this one isn't far off. It's such a great ending and it's so subtle and effective. Like this ending is better at getting over the connection between these two characters than what you'd normally see in films with some romantic aspects. The music swells as they share an embrace and they confess their love to each other, that shit is overplayed and it's never as effective as people think it is when they script these things out. The fact of the matter is that real life doesn't play out like that. And, while this film may have some monster movie elements in it, some pretty insane ones honestly, at least as visuals are concerned, this story is more reflective of what real couples go through. So, yes, I thought this movie was pretty damn great. It works more as a romance film with some horror elements, but the horror that is there is really fucking memorable. Definitely a movie that will stick with you for a while and I'd highly recommend it. Great stuff here.
Do yourself a favor and watch the film without doing any research into the plot. I guarantee that even if you don't like it, you'll at least be incredibly surprised by what transpires. Essentially, the filmmakers have melded two genres and in doing so, invigorate each genre separately by the presence of the other one.
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