LOVE IS NOW | MOVIE REVIEW

LOVE IS NOW is a low budget Australian romantic drama with a twist. Visually it looks spectacular and am happy to say one of my friends worked on the movie. The film scored a very nice deal with exclusive release rights with Hoyts Cinemas and it released today – all the locations screening it are listed below. LOVE IS NOW is released from Eponine Films, is rated M and runs for 89mins. As a friend of mine worked on the movie I asked Kernel Vanessa to review this one instead. Enjoy her thoughts below……….all the best………..JK.

 

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REVIEW BY VANESSA CAPITO

Set in motion by blooming romance, LOVE IS NOW is the debut feature film from American-born director, Jim Lounsbury. Following a visionary adventure across the New South Wales Harvest Trail, LOVE IS NOW centres on the journey of Audrey (Claire Van Der Boom) and Dean (Eamon Farren) as they embark on an adventure of a lifetime, only to discover far more than they anticipated along the way. Shot over an intensive five-week period, producer Behren Schulz, along with Lounsbury, aimed to create a film that captured the struggle many artists face in such a cutthroat industry, while also focusing on and exploring the emotions of grief. Lounsbury says, “the idea of death has always been a big motivator for me, and I am fascinated with how we act when faced with our own mortality. That was where the story came from”. Featuring a soundtrack of original music written by Kram of Spiderbait, LOVE IS NOW is a visually stunning Australian drama where Lounsbury effortlessly brings to life the Australian scenery, paired with a dramatic plot twist that will leave you hanging on the edge for answers.

 

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LOVE IS NOW | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | DEAN (EAMON FARREN) AND AUDREY (CLAIRE VAN DER BOOM) LYING DOWN

 

The film begins in Northern New South Wales, amidst the sprawling countryside of the Harvest Trail. Protagonist, Dean, a budding photographer, chases down a group of orchard pickers in a frantic search to find his missing love, Audrey, who disappeared after a barnyard party the evening before. Unfortunately for Dean, all he can find is her journal underneath the bed that the couple shared in the local workers house, with Audrey nowhere to be found. Soon to discover than in fact that initial scene was a flashback, you’re propelled into the love story of Audrey and Dean, who first met at a VIP photography event where they shared an instant connection. It is on this first night that Audrey shares with Dean her story of riding her bicycle from Sydney to Northern New South Wales along the Harvest Trail, but unable to finish it due to a broken leg, she jokingly suggests they take it upon themselves to finish the journey together. The film them goes on in a typical romantic drama fashion, showing the blossoming love between the two, mixed in with a few substandard plot twists that feature the brooding ex-boyfriend, James (Dustin Clare) and the young enticing female backpacker that are conveniently inserted just to rile up some emotions.

Although it’s the major plot twist at the end which makes this movie one of those stories that leaves you feeling slightly cheated. Despite the story-line keeping you guessing throughout the film, by the end of it you never really got what you came for, and most of your questions are going to go unanswered. Granted you do find out about Dean’s tragedy and Audrey’s real story, it doesn’t feel like enough for all the confusion you endure throughout the film. As the plotline develops and changes, it eventually turns itself into an unconvincing love story, that’s all a bit too far fetched with a plot-twist that seemingly fails to deliver on the anticipation you were expecting.

 

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Fortunately for LOVE IS NOW, it doesn’t fall apart at the plot, and is held together by the incredibly stunning landscapes and scenery Lounsbury and producer, Behren Schulz use throughout the film. With such a broad area to shoot, with the seasonal Harvest Trail stretching right around Australia, the decision to shoot in The Hunter Valley for the most part, was based on the significance it held for Schulz, and was actually where his younger sister was married. Having teamed up a partnership with Nikon, LOVE IS NOW was shot entirely with their cameras, and they also supplied the vintage camera Dean and Aubrey use in the film.

As far as Australian films go, LOVE IS NOW really does capture the beauty of the Australian landscape. By exploring the New South Wales Harvest Trail, and pairing it with the inner city scenery, you are certainly reminded of what exists outside the vicinity of your inner city surroundings, so, in spite of the lacklustre storyline and subpar acting within the film, it’s safe to say that it at least amounts to be a visually pleasing film. But unfortunately, maybe due to it’s incredibly short timeframe of being shot in five weeks, LOVE IS NOW falls flat by the end.

 

2 and a Half Pops

 

 

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