Dear Wendy is about a pacifist boy in a small midwest town. He becomes fascinated with a gun and not only starts studying it, but carrying one around. He starts a group of pacifist gun enthusiasts called the Dandies who try to stay to their moral beliefs while keeping the guns. Something happens which put their beliefs to the test.
I saw this because Lars von Trier wrote it and it is practically his movie. Obviously this movie sounds bizarre by the write up. This is not an anti-gun movie. By Lars’ own admission in the interview, the main character is an extension of his own character. Lars is a pacifist but has a curious interest in guns and gun culture. The movie is a kind of exploration of a contradiction in character. The point is that its not a problem: a person who studies Nazis for example is not himself a Nazi. Lars (and by extension his protagonist) are interested in the mystique behind guns but that does not mean he is not totally against killing.
The movie is interesting and has a good performance from Jamie Bell. It held my attention all the way through. There are however, some flaws with the writing. For one, there is a bizarre subplot where Bell’s character gets jealous of his gun when another person touches it. He basically calls his gun a two timing slut and has a literal break up with it. Yeah, you heard me. The final act is also when the movie completely jumps the rails from both a realism perspective and from even movie logic/message. Lars felt he needed to end the movie with a gigantic shootout which is entertaining but completely illogical. You expect me to believe these pacifists who at one point are willing to die for their cause are going to change their morality on a dime and suddenly go out guns blazing like Butch and Sundance with the Bolivian army? There is no reason for it and even the director is at a loss for words at explaining why the kids decide to kill cops in the climax. He’s just like “Um, ah, oh…well we needed a gunfight. The audience wouldn’t have forgiven us if we didn’t. Um, er…its up to your interpretation anyway.” No it violates everything you were building up to.
This movie was alright. As I said it held my interest all the way through and there are some good points. It is a little too weird for me to really recommend it for anyone else. This was really just for my own curiosity.