My computer is back up and running! Yay! All thanks to my wonderful hubby (I’m computer illiterate). This is cause for celebration so I’m recommending you a really fun, charming and pretty darn hilarious movie for you to watch tonight.
The History of Future Folk is actually a fictional account of how a real bluegrass band (Future Folk) got started. I feel like the title probably made this obvious but I had never heard of Future Folk before so I had no idea. The story centres around Bill (Nils d’Aulaire) who lives with his wife, Holly (Julie Ann Emery), and daughter, Wren (Onata Aprile), in Brooklyn. Everything seems relatively normal until we find out that Bill is actually General Trius, a hero from a planet called Hondo. He was sent here because a comet is on a crash collision with Hondo and he needs to destroy the population of Earth so that the Hondonians will be able to live there once Hondo has been destroyed.
When he gets to Earth and hears the music, he can’t go through with it. Hondo doesn’t have any music and he finds the sound incredible (out-of-this-world, even?). He’s determined to find another way to save Hondo and also decides to learn how to play the banjo. Everything gets thrown for a loop when oddball, Kevin (Jay Klaitz), comes from Hondo to complete General Trius’ mission as the Hondonians are on their way, but he falls in love with music too and together with Bill, they decide to try and find a way to save both the Hondonians and the people of Earth. While they do this, they form a band and have an amazing time playing their music to an ever growing number of fans.
It’s a really cute concept and the characters are so likeable that it’s hard not to fall in love with them. This movie has so much heart and it doesn’t seem like it’s really trying. Directors, John Mitchell, J. Anderson Mitchell and Jeremy Kipp Walker effortlessly weave together a compelling story that has a lot of genuinely funny moments. It’s also impressive what they were able to do with a relatively modest budget, especially when you factor in the sic-fi elements of the movie.
The performances weren’t anything to go crazy about but the important thing is that the characters were likeable and relatable, even though they are aliens. You can tell that the people involved had a lot of fun making the movie and that’s what makes all the difference. There was a strong feeling that the cast and crew were passionate about the project, and even though the premise is a little ridiculous, they all committed to it.
I can’t say enough about the music. I’m a huge bluegrass and indie music lover so it was right up my alley, but I think there’s something here for everyone to like. The songs mostly focus on what life is like on Hondo and it has such a fun, upbeat feel, that it’s hard not to dance in your seat as you watch and smile at the lyrics.
Overall, this is a really fun movie filled with great music, laughs, likeable characters and loads of charm. You won’t be disappointed if you give it a try. Also, the Future Folk website has instructions for how to make a Hondonian space helmet, which is pretty awesome. In case you’re interested, here you go:
Here’s a clip of them live at a show so you get a feeling for them and their music:
And here’s the trailer: