Spring (2014)


Pros
  • Innovative drone photography
  • Great chemistry between the two characters which made the movie what it is
  • A good original score (check out the track, 'Louise')
  • The lopsided romance story worked in the movie's favor versus being a tradition creature-feature
  • Shot on location in Italy (this was a huge plus because movies set abroad always intrigue me since I've never been)
  • One very effective jump scare, I about had a heart attack
  • You could make a strong case that the movie is about the difficulty of truly letting someone in and opening up to them
  • The jabs at 'typical' American tourists is rather funny
  • One of the best 'horror' movies of 2015 (US release)

Cons
  • My biggest gripe with the movie involves the ending and the 'solution' of sorts
  • A ton of backstory comes flying at us with little notice and it's hard to keep up with the rapid-fire pace (they do reiterate things, thankfully)

Score: 8/10

As long as you know going into Spring that it is far more a romance story than a monster movie, you should be okay. However, if you go into the movie expecting a creature-feature involving gnarly kill scenes, you will surely come out of this one disappointed. Luckily, I knew going into this movie what to properly expect. That being said, Spring is roughly 85% a romantic tale and 15% monster movie. And I believe that was the best decision the filmmakers could have chosen, this isn't the type of tale that needs the monster aspect to be the main focal point. Instead, we are given a genuine love story that puts the 'horror aspect' on the back burner.

Spring feels like some sort of fairy tale, leaving the United States to travel Europe and end up in Italy where you meet the love of your life. If something like that sounds too good to be true, it is, this movie isn't quite that simple. One of the two characters is hiding something sinister. But the movie only teases us of that 'darker something', all the while we go fond of the two characters as they begin dating and building a relationship with one another. But we the viewer know something isn't as it seems and these teases the directors gives us makes the movie all the more intriguing.

But it's the relationship between the two that makes Spring great, it's cute, funny, and real. They truly feel like a bunch of twenty-somethings without a care in the world outside of each other. The dialog is good and down to Earth, it's not heavy like today's younger generation who seem to talk about memes, Taylor Swift, Instagram, or Facebook. These two love birds slowly bare their souls to one another in a serious manner. And that seems to be the main theme of the movie, the difficulty opening up to a significant other. Both characters have rough backstories (one more so than the other) so it's no surprise to see them struggle to fully bare all to one another. All of which rings of truth and the difficulty of putting your faith in someone other than yourself.

I actually found a lot to like here and that is mostly thanks to the two leads. The entire movie lies on their shoulders and how authentic their chemistry is. Luckily, it was palpable enough to make the movie something special. Without their likability or authenticity, the movie would have been a complete failure, but it wasn't. Spring turned out to be one of the better horror movies of the year, or should I say, one of the better romance movies of the year!

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