Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel
Directed by: Gareth Carrivick
Written by: Jamie Mathieson
Featuring: Chris O’Dowd, Marc Wootton, Dean Lennox Kelly, Anna Faris, Meredith MacNeill
Three friends, Ray, Toby and Pete work at an amusement park. Ray a true sci-fi aficionado is sacked from his job due to feeling that the depiction of the space-travel adventure he ‘acts’ is not being realistic enough, so he adds to it to make the experience better. He’s friends Toby and Pete are not into sci-fi as much as Ray and Pete, in general, has little interest in the topic. After the sacking, they go to the cinema and then to the pub. Due to the low quality of the film, they decide to write a letter to ‘Hollywood’. It’s from this point their real adventures begin…
Obviously made on a low budget and a collaboration between three or four companies this film happily does not suffer for it. Casting well-known character/comedy actors make the viewer, in particular, British viewers, feel comfortable from the beginning. Clearly, the story is written by fans of the sci-fi and in particular time-travel genre. Therefore the poking at the tropes and blind alleys that more serious films gloss over is done with fun and true love of these types of stories. There are as much imagination and ingenuity shown in the storyline as is demonstrated in much bigger and more serious films of the same type and this is the strength of the film. More flippant or less grounded would have made this something that you sat through rather than watched. If you are observant or really know this genre as much as the characters in the film you will spot signals, background things going on that tell you how the story will go, if you don’t, that’s okay, because it’s as, if not more, enjoyable as the silliness unfolds.
Chris O’Dowd, Marc Wootton and Dean Lennox Kelly are stalwarts of British TV although all three have gone further afield over the years their down-to-earthness is perfect for the roles and they all are well-craft in playing the normal but somewhat bumbling ‘bloke’. The complaining mates-conversations about films, music, what their future holds will seem realistic to thousands of people who have sat in pubs and other places and rambling, seemingly pointless conversations over the years. I certainly know I have taken place in a few ‘conversations’ like this over the years.
The situation, which cannot be gone over in too much detail as it will spoil it for those who have not seen this film yet, involves a convoluted time-travel situation for the lads and being mixed up with the charming Anna Faris, so it was not entirely a bad day for the lads!
Overall FAQ About Time Travel is a knowing wink to the science-fiction well-worn story of time-travel but it sets about trying to avoid the usual plotholes and asking all the questions these films often leave unanswered with a great sense of humour and some good acting but still with a clear love of the genre it sending up.
Not so well-known or watched this film should be more popular as director Gareth Carrivick’s final film as he sadly died soon after the completion of the film. Recommended.