Are you tired super-sleek spacemen and women who look like they should be in some high end fashion magazine? Have the future biological engineers totally done away with average to normal looking people? Not so with the little sci-fi charmer about “The History of Future Folk.” Aliens and humans look like your average Joe and Janes.
Embracing its low budget origins,”The History of Future Folk” is about an alien invader whose space suit fits like an ersatz Spiderman reject topped with a bright red overturned bucket protecting his head. While the looks of the actors may be average and the special effects strictly B, the music and quirky humor of this movie give it a special glow.
The scenario should be familiar. There’s a comet on a collision course with a far away world on the planet Hondo. General Trius (Nils D’Aulaire) has been sent to Earth with a deadly virus that will wipe out the humans so that the Hondons can freely re-populate Earth after leaving their doomed planet. Trius has been stranded on Earth when his spaceship burns up, but he’s determined to carry on his mission until he hears music. Seduced by the Earth sounds, he soon picks up a banjo and becomes a performer at a local dive. When he’s joined by another Hondon, Kevin (Jay Klaitz), Trius and Kevin become Future Folk.
Directors John Mitchell and Jeremy Kipp Walker keep everything light and low key. The music tends toward blue grass…and both Trius and Kevin will find something more than just music to make them want to save earth. With Kevin on the guitar and Trius on the banjo, they win over a New York crowd.
Like good spies from a different planet, at least one of them, Kevin, finds time to tango and the performance is pure beginner. So people from Hondo are natural string instrument players, but dancing is a totally different issue. Life sounds kind of boring on planet Hondo.
Of course, the world will be saved. We knew this from the beginning because the whole story is framed as a bedtime fairy tale that Trius is telling to his half-Earthling daughter (Onata Aprile). The movie is more charming than believable. It almost makes you want to find your own red bucket to wear.
“The History of Future Folk” is available on iTunes.