Movie Review: Spring (2014)

 

Spring

Spring is a 2014 horror/ romance movie about a young man who takes a brief sojourn to Italy after the death of his mother and the collapse of his life. During the trip he meets an enchanting young woman and starts a whirlwind romance, but she is more than meets the eye. This movie really stuck with me and I am still smiling when I think about it. The main characters Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci) and Louise(Nadia Hilker) are both likable at some level and their dialogue is quirky and endearing. The movie has many parallels with other romantic horror stories involving a long lived supernatural female, but it does enough differently to feel exciting and fun.

The cinematagraphy shot in Italy features plenty of beautiful shots of rocky cliffs and towns nestled on hills. The story is not exactly frantic, but the pace is rather brisk. Because it is a romance as well as a horror film, the decision-making is rather odd, but it can be overlooked. I have my own personal annoyances with Evan, but that is partially my own biases. I feel like the American stereotype was accurate but a bit annoying. The pace of the romance is par for the course with movies like this, and while it is brisker than is normal, the entire film bathes in not being normal. I say that because it is just weird enough not to clash with the beautiful surroundings or character moments.

I am also a sucker for the kind of ending you get with this movie. I remember this movie being recommended across the horror circles as a fantastic movie, and I enthusiastically agree. However, I think it might be one of my new favorite movies in general. The character’s relationship development was of course a bit fast, but it did what it needed to do to make a dark fairytale movie in the 21st century. I would definitely recommend this to all audiences and not just horror fiends.

Cinematography: 8/10

Plot: 7/10

Musical Score: 7/10

Pacing: 8/10

Characters: 8/10

Rewatch factor: Average

Personal Overall: 9/10

Overall: 8/10

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