AFF Review: Spring Eddy
If you were to mash up No Country for Old Men with equal parts The Getaway and any romantic comedy, you'd have Spring Eddy. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, mind you, but one can't help but think about that while watching this movie. Making his feature film debut, Spring Eddy was written and directed by George Anson. It's got all the markings of a complex crime dramedy, complete with a lot of notable Texas landmarks and some funny performances.
Eddy (Gabriel Luna), a small-time Chicago criminal who commits some dim-witted schemes, is on the run. He ripped off his boss, and now he's heading to Mexico ... but gets distracted by a pretty hitchhiker on the way. What started as a normal everyday hookup ends with Eddy beaten up, broken down and penniless somewhere in Texas.
To make matters worse, the poor guy inadvertently witnesses a murder by Sheriff Willet Nash (Sonny King). Eddy tries to hold up a bank and make a run for it, but his poorly executed plan goes awry and he's caught in the act by Nash himself. Eddy's only chance to make it out of jail alive is his fiancé Jeannie (Verity Branco), whom he left jilted at the altar back in Chicago.
Spring Eddy is incredibly funny at times. It's one of those films where nothing seems to go right for the characters involved, and it seems to get more and more complex throughout, but with hilarious consequences. It does feel a bit too long, and for an independent feature, its length kind of hurts the film. It wouldn't have hurt the end product for some of what feels like "filler" to have made it to the cutting room floor.
However, the performances are all pretty good, and residents of Austin will no doubt get a kick out of seeing one of America's favorite cities on display in a film that really shows off the pleasing image of some of the cities sights. George Anson put together a funny film, and for a debut filmmaker, the future is definitely bright with him.
Austin connections: Many of the cast and crew members live in Austin. Anson's a former AFF programmer and the film's producer is AFF Executive Director Barbara Morgan. The movie was shot primarily in Austin -- you might recognize Alamo Drafthouse Ritz, 6th Street and the Broken Spoke -- as well as downtown Bastrop, the Caldwell County Historical Museum in Lockhart and the Teepee Motel in Wharton.