Watch The History Of Future Folk
- 1 hr 26 min
The History Of Future Folk is a delightfully quirky indie film that chronicles the journey of two beings from the planet Hondo as they adjust to life on Earth. The film opens with a rather hilarious scene in which we watch as two Hondonians land on Earth and are mesmerized by the beauty of American folk music. The two strangers adopt human disguise and set out in search of their dreams.
As luck would have it, they stumble upon a club where there's a local musician performing. They are not particularly impressed by his music initially, that is until they hear him play a tuning fork. Convinced that he's a virtuoso, they approach him and invite him to play with them.
Thus begins an extraordinary journey that takes the viewer through the underground music scene of New York City. The two aliens, now known on Earth as General Trius and Kevin, soon discover that making music and surviving on Earth is a lot harder than they thought it would be. They start off by doing gigs in pubs and clubs in the Lower East Side, living like true vagabonds. They even take on odd jobs like washing dishes to make ends meet.
As they play more frequently, they begin to build a fan base, and therefore the stakes get higher. The plot thickens and tension mounts as it becomes clearer that their real intentions for being on Earth will not remain a secret for long.
The film is essentially a musical comedy, and there are quite a few laugh-out-loud moments. The strongest point of the movie is the chemistry between the two main characters. They are perfectly cast and crafted, and they carry the audience through the absurd plot with a lot of grace and humor.
Nils d'Aulaire, who plays General Trius, is particularly impressive. He brings to the character an earnestness, a warmth, and an innocent exuberance that make him extremely likable. His musical pairing with Jay Klaitz, who plays Kevin, is a match made in heaven - together they form Future Folk, the band around which the entire film revolves.
The music in the film is a mix of bluegrass, Americana, and folk, and it's, therefore, not for everyone. However, those who are into this type of music will enjoy the tunes, which are heartfelt and soulful.
While the film has its fair share of pathos, it also has a lot of uplifting and inspiring moments. It's a testament to the indomitable human spirit and the redemptive power of art to heal broken souls. In this sense, it's a feelgood movie that will leave you with a little bit of sunshine in your heart.
One of the underrated aspects of the film is the way it pays tribute to the beauty of human life on Earth. The Hondonians, who hail from a war-ravaged planet, have only known hardship and pain all their lives. However, the way they explore life on Earth, both good and bad, makes them appreciate the beauty of the moment and the fleeting nature of life in a way that we often forget.
In conclusion, The History Of Future Folk is a charming and delightful comedy, a beautiful tribute to the power of music, and an ode to the human spirit. If you're looking for a low-key, heartwarming film that is different from the usual fare, this is the one to watch.
The History Of Future Folk is a 2013 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 26 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.1 and a MetaScore of 67.