Woodrow and Aiden (Evan Glodell and Tyler Dawson) were obsessed with making their own flamethrower. Having loved the classic apocalyptic doomsday film Mad Max, they imagine themselves as the survivors of a planetwide holocaust. In the aftermath of total destruction, Woodrow and Aiden will emerge as the leads of the “Mother Medusa” gang. Their mode of transportation will be an old beat up car nicknamed "Medusa" replete with a whiskey dispenser (got moonshine?) and you guessed it, a flamethrower. This reminds me of an old video game I played growing up called “Wasteland”. The friendship shared between Woodrow and Aiden is refreshing. They are both supportive of one another, are devoted to their friendship and they share the same passion. Or perhaps that sort of hobbyist overzealousness is moribund?
Enter el Diablo herself, Milly (Jessie Wiseman). Milly and Evan meet at Woodrow's behest on drinking night. Despite his own immaturity with the ladies, our boastful drinker demands his best friend venture out to fornicate with the hottest, or most available lady at a local watering hole. Feeling exhilarated and perhaps a little bit sexist, Evan is convinced he can defeat the competition...at a cricket eating contest. Vomit, slobber, barf, schmegma. His opponent is Milly, a beautiful blond with a down-to-earth personality and a wonderful sweetness. Somehow, despite his dreadful shyness, Evan manages to ask her out on a date. Of course that date takes him on an adventure that will forever alter his priorities. Milly is not just a pretty face, she is wholeheartedly supportive of his bizarre quest to construct a doomsday device and to invent whiskey dispensers! What more could a man possibly want in a woman? The only downside is the impact his newfound relationship has on his friendship with Woodrow.
For my money, Bellflower is worth every penny. Writer/Director Evan Glodell is not only a fabulous actor, he is a competent director and a creative screenwriter. Glodell harkens the age old question of a man's priorities; should he focus on his woman or devote himself to his male friendships? What is the allure of one versus the other? This movie reminds me of Watching the Detectives and loosely of Free Enterprise. I appreciate a great indie picture and Bellflower is just that, quality entertainment for less. When I can relate to a film it is a huge bonus. Well done!
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