The wait is over. Finally.
After a year of much anticipation (one could say anxiety, fear that it was never going to be finished), the independent short film Camp Belvidere was released. When I found out the news, thank god that I was alone in the house, because I was fangirling so hard (AHHHHH!!!) 😀
But then came the wait for the film to be available for purchase and viewing. That took about a week and a half. A week and a half of twiddling thumbs, twitching fingers, and impatience.
And once it became available…I POUNCED. Rented the film on Vimeo, and began watching.
My reaction? Read on…
WARNING: MAY CONTAIN SPOILER ALERTS AHEAD! (Read at your own discretion…)
CB was gorgeous: the scenes, the musical score, even the actors. Especially the actors. 😉
Gin (Astrid Ovalles) has my heart. So does Rose (Molly Way). Heck, even Ms. Turner and Bobby are wonderful. The whole cast is beautiful.
It’s quite amazing that a film can consist of just four actors. Then again, there are films that only star one!
Sex scenes were hot (the first occurring within the first four minutes of the film whaaat?), and the close-ups of the lead’s visages were well-done.
But now…it’s time to get critical.
Don’t get me wrong: I was happy/impressed/satisfied with how CB turned out. But my inner critic self also wants to offer opinions on what were strange and slightly off about the film. A movie, a book, heck, even a piece of cheese always have their flaws.
At times, I found the cuts a bit choppy. Example: early on in the film, Rose is in her cabin, after having been rejected by Gin in the aftermath of their affair. She lies in bed, hands covering her eyes, supposedly crying. The next shot has her still lying on the bed, but now eyes uncovered, face stoically immobile. It’s a very minor detail, but that moment threw me off a bit.
Dialogue: for the most part, the conversations between Rose and Gin, Gin and Ms. Turner, and so on have been simple, but convincing. Add in some extra facial expressions and the scene’s amplified. But again, at times I found the dialogue to be too…jumpy. Transitioning too soon for me to soak in what just happened. For instance, in the opening scene, Gin and Rose talk, just chitchat about a book that the latter’s holding, and suddenly, Gin leans back and says, “Talk to me.” “What do you want to hear?” “All of it- catch me up.” And I was left a tad lost, confused. But the film continued on, and I adjusted.
Another (final) thing was the logic. Specifically, the scene where Rose is reading one of the books she borrowed from Gin (D.H. Lawrence’s The Rainbow): she is reading and we, as the audience, listen to her voice (produced as an overlapping-of-layers effect) recite the excerpts. She stops reading and the voices die out, looks straight ahead as if in contemplation, then, the next thing I know, she is running along the strand of the beach. My question is: did the book inspire her to run? Something that I will never know… 😦
Sandwiching it all back in…
The ending to the film was solid. Ambiguously solid, paradoxically, but at least it didn’t end tragically like in Loving Annabelle or all happy-sunshine-rainbows like in I Can’t Think Straight. No, more like a Bloomington. Yes, definitely like Bloomington.
Overall, I enjoyed watching Camp Belvidere. No regrets paying $3.99 for it. Heck, I’m probably to go re-watch it once I finish writing this post!
– The Finicky Cynic
(Disclaimer: I am by no means affiliate with or have any connections to the cast, producers, workers from Camp Belvidere. This review is just my own personal opinion on the film. So don’t sue.)