Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) Review
A lot of people have recommended this to me and I just watched it without any knowledge of the film, hadn’t even seen a trailer. The film is weird and I really liked it, it’s something I can imagine seeing again really soon. The story is great in how it studies going back in time to resolve issues in our past, because who doesn’t regret some decisions. Great performances and chemistry from the cast and a perfect choice in picking Aubrey Plaza she’s perfect for this part and I hope she gets more roles in the future. The film has funny and smart dialogue with some real laughs and wonderfully diverse characters which are really fleshed out. The Sci-Fi aspects are quite fun as well as you get this toss around of is he crazy or is he actually building a working time machine and you just don’t know until the end.
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.
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Story: 85% Acting: 90% Characters: 90% Dialogue: 85%
Drama/Comedy: 75% Style/Sound: 70% Visuals: 70%
The story is smart and funny but focuses a lot more on its characters and their histories, I think this really worked because we got to understand their reasons for being there. First we have Darius who wants to save her mum from dying. She blamed herself and clearly wants to change this horrible event in her past. We also get stories on the side such as Jeff who came to this town to find his first love and is trying to fight the mistake he made in his past of leaving her for a better job. The characters are really fleshed out and it makes for some interesting characters and you get very invested in how their characters’ lives play out. I am not sure if this is a wonderful script or great acting but I am guessing it’s a bit of both. The cast are really entertaining and I’d watch any of them again in a film but especially Aubrey Plaza.
The drama is great but I am a bigger fan of a drama/comedy hybrid and that’s what this film is. We get dramatic scenes that are funny and funny scenes that are dramatic, I find it very fun to watch. The style and sound was good but nothing that stands out and the same could be said for the visuals but they do have a wonderful way of teasing you at various points as to whether this time machine is real or not. For example we see him steal some lasers and scientific equipment from a research center now from that I think yeah he really making it but then later we get a bit of his back story and I started doubting it again. Clever stuff, I like not knowing stuff and finding it all out in the end. It feels worthwhile when it’s a challenge.
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The best reviews I found would be these “Plaza and Duplass are enormously watchable, and there’s a sweet sadness in the movie’s focus on lost dreams and missed chances, and the truism that we all long for a time machine every once in a while” Tom Huddleston. “Safety Not Guaranteed” not only has dialogue that’s about something, but characters who have some depth and dimension” Roger Ebert. “The film is obviously low-budget but has a smart script and a real feeling for those who would like to turn back the clock. Its modesty on the whole becomes it, and Plaza is a real find” Derek Malcolm. “A low-concept film about time travel mightn’t sound like much of a trip, but first-time director Colin Trevorrow offers good-natured fun and real substance in place of shiny surfaces and whizz-bang effects” Stella Papamichael.
My favourite scene would have to be a weird one. When Darius and Kenneth first meet in the supermarket and he asks her “Have you ever faced certain death?” and she responds in the most deadpan and funniest possible way she says this “If it was so certain I wouldn’t be here, would I?” whilst placing a can on a shelf. Just something about it is so damn funny to me.