Good, Bad & Ugly Review: Safety Not Guaranteed

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 91% (Critics) / 82% (Audience)
Directed By: Colin Trevorrow
Written By: Derek Connolly
Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson and Karan Soni
Studio: Film District

Synopsis: From the producers of Little Miss Sunshine – When an unusual classified ad inspires three cynical Seattle magazine employees to look for the story behind it, they discover a mysterious eccentric named Kenneth, a likable but paranoid supermarket clerk, who believes he’s solved the riddle of time travel and intends to depart again soon. Together, they embark on a hilarious, smart, and unexpectedly heartfelt journey that reveals how far believing can take you. (Source)

The Good:
Despite the appearance that this is a film that languishes on scenes for long periods f time, Safety Not Guaranteed was a very briskly paced movie that didn’t waste any scenes on superfluous goings on. Everything shown served a purpose and moved the story along.
The romance between Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass’ characters was very charming while never veering into cloying territory. I was amazed at how quickly I became invested in the relationship between these two awkward social misfits.
My favorite part of the movie is the way it kept me guessing about whether time travel was actually possible.

The Bad:
The fade to black in this film irked me almost as much as the final episode of The Sopranaos; I wanted to know what happened next.

The Ugly:
I imagine that with a few extra bucks in the budget this movie could have been darn near amazing.

Final Verdict: The most unassuming move about time travel I have ever seen and at the same time a very earnest and sweet love story between two disconnected people who finally find where they fit in each other. Plus the movie keeps the viewer guessing right up till the last shot as to whether time travel was an actual possibility or just the figment of a lonely eccentric’s imagination. A really cool film from beginning to end.

Rating: B+

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