I must be in a comedy mood at the moment. Also – this is a very new entrant to the list. Just to show you all that everything is fluid here at “Things Fall Apart”.
Let me ask you a question. Do you like Time Travel Movies? What’s your favourite? “Back to the Future”? Maybe you like the original “The Time Machine”? “Terminator” possibly? Or that “Harry Potter” one that actually was pretty scary and did a nice time travel bit at the end? I am rather partial to “The Butterfly Effect” myself, and well “Donnie Darko” is one of my favourite films ever (and it is a time travel movie – honest!).
There are 100’s. And they all make you think about time travel, and paradoxes, and if you think too hard your head hurts.
And then you HAVE to pick holes in it.
So the other day, a friend offered me the perfect time-travel movie. Perfect was their short review.
Well – colour me intrigued.
You know the problem with some Time Travel Movies? They think too big. They mess around with big important events. Or they try and apply huge relevance to minor events, that being changed have huge repercussions.
What if, lets say, you had a time machine, and you only wanted to go back to yesterday, to recover the remote control for your air conditioning unit, that you broke, and it is just too damn hot?
Well that is the premise for “Summer Time Machine Blues”.
Tellingly based on a stage play, the film is based around a limited number of locations, but the camera-work always keeps you interested. Something is always going on somewhere in a scene (I have watched the film 3 times now in 2 days), and the frankly genius use of split screen to show parallel events is executed to perfection.
The film also riffs quite a lot on “Back to the Future”, but in a playful, not heavy way. It is there a an inspiration, not a crutch. Check out the movie poster, the clock tower, and a familiar feeling “mad” scientist who loves to explain things with a diagram!
Apart from the wonderful construction of the film, there is some interesting discussion about Time Travel, and the various “rules” associated with it. These range from ‘you change the past, and everything is ruined’, to ‘you change the past, and time just fixes itself’. However, this is always done with humour and a tongue firmly in a cheek.
The acting is a little variable – the male lead and and the females seem a little more fleshed out than the rest of the male characters – but i personally found their goofiness endearing. This is a club this little nerd would not have minded joining.
I challenge you to seek out this film – and fail to find it completely charming!