I do admit, I enjoy me some banjo. I’m attempting to learn, mainly listen to music that includes the banjo, and have even talked about banjo documentaries on past Movie Monday blog posts. I’m also a Geek that enjoys science fiction movies, especially those of a cheesy variety. I don’t remember where I originally read about “The History of Future Folk,” but I when I learned it involved space aliens, and a banjo, I knew it was something I was going to have to check out. Lucky for me, they recently put it up on Netflix Instant Streaming, so I was able to fire it up, and check out what they call “Probably the only alien-folk-duo sci-fi-action-romance-comedy movie ever made. Which totally makes it the best alien-folk-duo sci-fi-action-romance-comedy movie ever made.”
So what does that mean? Well, here’s a trailer:
“The History of Future Folk” is a film about a space alien who comes to Earth from the planet Hondo, looking for a place for his people to relocate to before a comet smashes into their planet. Right as he’s getting ready to release a virus to wipe out the population, he hears a sound he’s never heard before: Music. He falls in love with music, and then the Earth, and needs to figure out a way to keep his promise to his home planet, while saving the planet he’s come to love, all while playing the banjo.
This was a very enjoyable film, with good comedic parts, enough romance to appeal to the fans of that genre, and some surprising action scenes. The cast was excellent, and Dee Snyder was a welcome surprise as the owner of the bar where the Future Folk play. The music was excellent, and I’m sorely tempted to download the album from Amazon, if I didn’t have so much trouble with their MP3 downloads in the past. Over all, the film was just a joy to watch, and it was a really original piece of work that worked out REALLY well.
“The History of Future Folk” has a run time of only 86 minutes, and is not rated. It is available on Netflix Instant Streaming, as well as on Amazon in both DVD and Instant format. I am going to be very honest with you, I really think this is a great little film, and I’d love for you to take that hour and change sometime, pull it up on Netflix, and give it a shot. When you do, give me a shout in the comments with what you thought.
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