Day 22- The most underrated movie
Damn, all the hard questions have been saved for the end, starting with this gem. If you haven’t noticed yet, I am not a fan of picking best and worst anything. What makes me qualified to choose? It’s all subjective anyway. For this reason I will choose ONE of my favorite underrated movies: Safety Not Guaranteed.
I say the movie is underrated because no one I know has heard of it, let alone seen it. Ask the average person on the street and they can name all of the Transformer movie titles but ask about a creative, funny, and touching independent film about time-travel and they look at you like you have a third eye. People are so depressing some times. Like, really fucking dismal.
I’ll give you that the premise sounds strange: low-level journalism intern responds to person ad posted by small-town eccentric looking for a companion to travel through time with. But isn’t it wonderful to hear such an original idea in a time when the film landscape is covered in sequels and remakes? Isn’t it refreshing to find a movie that isn’t Paranormal Activity 25 or Superman: The Grandpa Years (even though I’d totally watch the latter)? A well-executed unique premise is a thing of beauty.
I’m used to seeing Audrey Plaza play the same character over and over again. While she is doing April Ludgate-lite here, she has some real tender moments with Kenneth (Mark Duplass) that lends the character with a little humanity. I worried that the movie would be all about Darius (stupid name) mocking Kenneth and his time-traveling ambitions. While it certainly appears to be that way at the start, she quickly evolves into being his friend and the movie is all the better for it.
I loved seeing Mark Duplass play against smarmy type. Kenneth is no Pete from The League. For one, he has a soul. He wishes to go back in time to save a loved one. He is earnest where Pete is quippy. He is hopeful where Pete is cynical. In short, Kenneth is a delight. He even sings a song that he wrote, inspired by his lost love’s fondness for music. I never imagined that would happen when I watched the movie the first time.
Add in a large supporting role for Jake Johnson (one of my absolute favorites) and a cameo by Kristen Bell, and you pretty much have perfection. Not satisfied with that? Fine. It has guns and hilarious gun training. And by hilarious I mean log rolling across the lawn is involved. Brilliant. There is also a top-secret break in, reunited first loves, and tons of awkward flirting.
You should be fully convinced of the movie’s awesomeness now so go watch. You’re welcome.