Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

Directed By: Colin Trevorrow
Written By:Derek Connolly

A lot indie films have been so brilliant and yet been over looked all these years. Safety Not Guaranteed belongs to that group of wonderful movies with no big names backing them and so are just over looked when it comes to recognition. A superb romantic comedy about tracking a time travel ad in newspaper. A fine film that is driven by its story and fuelled by some fine performance, brilliant direction and awesome screenplay.The movie is inspired by a 1997 Backwoods Home Magazine classified ad – written as a joke filler by Backwoods employee John Silveira.

The story of the film is what makes it stand-out and is further supported by a brilliant screenplay. The movie moves forward very gently , nicely building up on its characters and their individual story. It starts as a fun work holiday and then shifts gear as it reaches the half way mark where it takes a romantic and yet thrilling turn. The movie catches on you in the first few minutes because of its concept and then just never lets you go as it unfolds. 

The performances of the cast are subtle right to their mark and as they interact, they just start pulling you further in the story. The cast is very much helped by intelligent dialogues and a very nicely done back ground score. The performances from Mark Duplass and Aubrey Plaza were outstanding   Aubery plays the character of this    completely non-social , very much packed to her self girl and watching how she  opens up to this unknown  bizarre stranger, as she starts to find small joys just being with him is very refreshing and a delight to watch.  Mark plays this guy who puts in an advertisement for a partner for time travel, his character is like an emotional rainbow.He is delusional,  paranoid, a genius, a believer and  yet so emotionally vulnerable. It takes time for him to trust and open up to Aubrey's character but when he does there is such an amazing side to him that just  makes you feel for the guy and root for his win.  Jake Johnson as Jeff, the writer and  Karan Soni as Arnau the intern both  having their own story and as they move on, their feelings take over  and help them meet themselves The work of the support team is good and the best part of the movies is the emotional connect that develops between the characters.

Its delightful watch with its moments of fun and romance all the while keeping one intrigued about how the story will unfold next.

Rating: 8.5 / 10

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