Dick (Jamie Bell) is going nowhere fast. He's a loner whose life is as empty as the rundown streets of the poor American mining town where he lives. When he happens upon a small, pearl-handled six-shooter, the teenage misfit becomes increasingly obsessed with the gun. Inspired by his find, he convinces other young outcasts in town to join him in a secret club he calls The Dandies. Despite their dedication to the finer points of ballistics, marksmanship and exit wounds, rule number one on The Dandies' code of honour is 'Never draw your weapons'. But it's not long before Dick and his gang of young pistol freaks are forced to accept that rules are meant to be broken....
Pacifists with guns
- Dear Wendy review by Shatner's Bassoon
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The plot of 'Dear Wendy' revolves around Dick Dandelion, a loner living in a small American mining town in which everyone's life and livelihood seems to be totally centred around the mine. Looking for a gift for someone he doesn't really like he buys a toy gun, which he soon discovers isn't a toy at all, it's real and Dick decides to keep it for himself. Dick then falls in love with his gun, names it 'Wendy', and forms a gang named 'The Dandies', which is comprised of other gun lovers, all of which are pacifists who love to study and appreciate guns, though are not interested in their use as actual weapons and are honour bound as gang members never to use their guns to commit violent acts against others. As the story progresses 'The Dandies' soon realise that some of the rules of the group have to be broken. Written by Lars Von Trier, 'Dear Wendy' is a film presented in a very unique and alternative way. The whole story is virtually told via narration, with occasional dialogue which puts the viewer in a very detached position and unable to engage with any of the films characters except through the letters Dick writes and narrates. The young cast is great and not typical of the usual teenage casting of good looks and white teeth, and Jamie Bell is proving to be an exceptional young actor. If you like quirky films then this is definitely worth a look.