Spring Review

Spring exudes elegance and subtlety. This isn’t the kind of movie you sit down to watch with a group of your friends, hoping to have a blast of a time; it’s the kind of movie that’s slow paced, doesn’t have much action, that’s “arty”, where every single line of dialogue is a clue about the character, where so much is implied through speech. To really appreciate it, find some quiet-time for yourself and give it a watch. It’s a masterpiece and nothing short of it.

I didn’t know a thing about this movie before I watched it – not the genre, general plot, actors, director, nothing. I didn’t know what to expect from the movie because, honestly, I had never heard of it before. It’s quite slow paced, more so in the opening 30 minutes. But those first 30 minutes tell you so much about the protagonist without throwing a ton of exposition in your face like a lot of other movies. It’s a wonderful mix of three genres – romance, horror and dark comedy, but somehow, it isn’t a convoluted mess that can’t find its own identity. Moving on to the plot — here’s the thing, I really don’t want to say anything about the plot because it would be tantamount to a crime. The story flows so beautifully and spontaneously like a calm brook. Most similarly-slow movies end up having these long and frankly, boring scenes that are praised by highbrow critics to be “Oh so wonderful!” For example, 12 Years A Slave was a great movie no doubt, but there were some scenes that had no dialogue or for that matter, any people in them; they would just depict a field or some aspect of nature and I felt that they didn’t add anything to the movie. This movie avoids those pitfalls and is intriguing and engaging throughout.

There wasn’t a single point in the movie when I could correctly guess the ending. I’m usually good at that and while watching a lot of movies, at a point I think, “Yup, this is how the ending’s going to go down.” More often than not, I’m correct. But with this movie, guessing the ending was as difficult as trying to shoot the bull’s eye on a target that’s a hundred feet away, while being blindfolded and holding the gun upside-down. Alright, that may be an exaggeration, but what I’m trying to get across is that it was really unpredictable. If you get right down to the core of it, the premise is very simple. But to take something simple, weave an intricate story around it and still have it maintain that simplicity is very hard for a director to do. So, kudos to Justin Benson and Aaron Scott Moorhead, the directors of this movie, for doing just that.

A movie like this depends enormously on the performance of its actors and if the actors fail, then the movie, no matter how good the script is, will fail. I guess that applies for every movie in general, but especially for movies like this. Thankfully, the actors, I felt, were brilliant in the movie. They really make it seem like they are their characters and that makes the movie seem so much more realistic. I’ve never seen these actors anywhere before and that’s such a shame because they’re damn good. The cinematography is stellar and the camera angles used always seem the perfect for that scene. Seriously, it’s shot terrifically. It always surprises me how these indie directors with shoestring budgets outdo their blockbuster counterparts with hundreds of millions of dollars to spend on their movies. For example, It Follows and The Babadook were some of the best horror movies of the last decade and they each had budgets of $2 million. Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak, on the other, had a $55 million budget and it was crap. Big money doesn’t guarantee quality and this proves it.

Music plays an integral part in any movie. The soundtrack for Spring is amazing. It shows so much restraint, never going too big, but still having that punch.

I love it when movies keep you guessing. Spring never reveals everything at one go; instead it shows you a little bit at a time, always leaving you gasping for more. It’s a very sophisticated movie and the way it hooks you and then reels you in is masterful.

Spring is a gem and a must-watch. It’s just so original and magnificently made that to pass up on the opportunity to watch it would be a terrible mistake. The movie’s nearly two hours long, but it never drags. I’m off to college in just under two years and time is very precious to me. So believe me when I say that the one hour and fifty minutes that I used to watch Spring was time well spent. It’s rare for movies to do this sort of genre-blending and still emerge brilliant and not an unwatchable mess, but Spring is something out of the ordinary and defies the odds time and again. Spring really is beautiful.

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