I loved RESOLUTION and THE ENDLESS by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, which were great horror movies that were low on budget but big on character and story, showing Hollywood what’s possible with good storytelling. When I found out they had another film, SPRING, I jumped on it, but found it more a paranormal romance than their usual quality horror. Great for some, but only good for me.
Quickie review, noting it’s a little spoilerly:
In the film, Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci) decides to go to Italy after his mother dies, where he meets a stunning and flirtatious woman named Louise (Nadia Hilker). After a one-night stand, Evan becomes enamored with her, but Louise has a secret affliction that is heading to a big transformation. When that all comes out, Evan has to make a choice whether he wants to stay, and Louise has to make a choice whether to be a mortal in love or an immortal without it.
The beautiful scenery, interesting side characters, confident pacing, good dialogue, and overall the growing romance between Evan and Louise, who have real chemistry onscreen, carry the film, but the ending, while giving resolution, fell flat for me. The romance was fun, but I resented Evan asking Louise to give up immortality for him. It’s an incredibly selfish thing to ask, a gift that has to be given without asking.
So in the end, I loved elements of it, and I liked it overall, but the payoff at the end didn’t work for me.