'The History of Future Folk' Review: "I Grew up on my Planet Farmin Space Worms!"
For my first written review of Musical Month, I was assigned the film The History of Future Folk. I'm a huge fan of the musical Genre, and I'm glad to have been given this film. It's one I'd never seen before, and its mix of endearing, sweet, and slightly depressing story telling, along with the folk music involved in the movie, makes it a particularly interesting piece.
The History of Future Folk is the "origin story" of a real life band that has been playing shows in New York for a decade. It follows General Trius, played by Nils d'Aulaire, an alien from the planet Hondo. When an asteroid takes on a collision course with his home planet, Trius is sent to find a new world for the Hondonians to colonize. When he reaches Earth and prepares to release a toxin that will kill all of mankind, he suddenly hears music for the first time. He starts playing shows by himself, until an assassin from Hondo comes to kill him and take over his mission. The assassin, Kevin, played by Jay Klaitz, is knocked out by Trius, who then forces Kevin to listen to music. Kevin then joins Trius' band. The rest is the story of the two aliens dealing with mankind, trying to save Hondo, trying not to get killed by a giant lizard creature thing, and playing sweet ass folk music about space worms and sponge fields.
The movie is a mix of Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny and, I don't know, Science fiction in general. The humor is great, the performances are entertaining, the plot is entirely unique and interesting, and the music is extremely well put together. If I'm ever in New York and the Future Folk are playing a show, I will go. Jay Klaitz's vocals, in combination with d'Aulaire's banjo playing, is a perfect sound for fans of the folk music genre, and their lyrics are perfect for fans of comedy. There's also some excellent scene compositions, such as the parallel action shots of Kevin doing the tango while Trius fights another alien.
There really isn't much else to say about the film. There aren't any legitimate negatives, unless you can't handle films made on a less than shoe string budget, which still allowed them to make some truly interesting costumes and scenes. It's one of those movies that had me smiling all the way through. Plus, it's on Netflix, so if you're one of the many people with a Netflix account, you can watch it there.
Final Say: Watch It