Since yesterday I wrote about The Burning, I figured I’d stick with this theme and pick one of my favorite movies of the past few years, Spontaneous. Although, this is less about combusting, and more about completely exploding. It may seem odd, but this might be one of the most charming and heartfelt movies I’ve seen in quite a while. Before I get ahead of myself, here’s the brief synopsis from imdb.
Get ready for the outrageous coming-of-age love story about growing up…and blowing up. When students in their school begin exploding (literally), seniors Mara and Dylan struggle to survive in a world where each moment may be their last.
Once again this is one of those movies in that borderline horror realm. But sometimes the borderline horrors are some of the most unique and exhilarating. At its core, as the description says, this is more of a coming-of-age story and a love story. But pretty sure having both of these take place during a time when everyone around you is randomly exploding puts this squarely in the horror category. That’s the genius of this movie. It takes SUCH an outlandish premise and grounds it perfectly with incredible characters, clever writing, and pure emotion. As a viewer, you will bounce between shock, smiles, laughter, fury, and utter sadness at any given time. And just like the characters in the film, you never know when it’s going to switch and the rug is going to be pulled out from under you. I know it sounds bizarre to say a movie about exploding teens will fill you with all the feels, but it will. I watched this with my teenage daughter and now it’s one of her favorite movies (and she does NOT like horror movies, much to my lament.) But it just shows the vast appeal of how the most ridiculous scenario can feel real if you ground it with humanity. Give it a shot. It’s one of a kind and simply wonderful.
Where to Watch: Streaming on Hulu and Paramount+
Food/Drink Pairing: A big bag of Pop Rocks.