A quirky but good film
I have seen the future of great filmmaking…and her name is Miranda July.
Of course, I thought that at various times with Quentin Tarantino and M. Night, so…maybe the jury’s still out.
The Future is a quirky film I fell in love with, but have a hard time recommending to people. I really wish people would give July the love this August, but this movie isn’t going to appeal to everyone.
It’s about a dance teacher (July) and her boyfriend hitting a rut in their four year relationship.
Hamish Linklater (Fantastic Four) has the perfect look as her boyfriend, with his huge ‘fro and pouting face.
They’re going to adopt a sick cat in 30 days, and they feel that this will keep them from taking vacations and doing fun stuff. They decide to quit their jobs and live this last month foot loose and fancy free.
The cat narrates a handful of scenes (voiced wonderfully by July), and it’s touching.
A lot of people remember Albert Brooks quitting his job in Lost in America, and I feel these movies are similar. Not all the jokes work and there are some slow moments – but it’s filled with a lot of brilliant stuff.
I didn’t take notes while watching this movie, and as I thought about some of the funniest scenes to write about, I couldn’t decide. There were so many.
The time July is going to yell out the window to a guy on the phone to see if he can hear her, only to be surprised by her boyfriend walking home. She simply looks down, says hello to him, and closes the window.
There’s the little girl who likes to bury herself in holes. As she’s digging in the backyard, July asks if she’s digging to China. The girl looks up and says “I think that might be racist.”
There’s a scene where an old man is trying to sell this crappy old blow dryer to Linklater, and as he’s making this amazing sales pitch (all for $3), he talks about the cards with dirty limericks he’s done for his wife.
There’s a conversation in which July says she wishes she was just a bit better looking, because with each new man, she has to make a case for herself.
Now, relationships falling apart have been covered to death in movies. At least this is an original take.
Don’t worry about the fact that a character can stop time and talks to the moon, or why another character chooses to have an awkward affair with an older person.
This is filled with wry humor, and interesting concepts and metaphors that are fun.
If you’re not familiar with July’s work, you should rent Me, You, and Everyone We Know (one of my favorite films the year it came out). This may not be as good as that, but it’s worth seeing.
It was my cup of tea.
It gets 4 out of 5 stars.
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