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4.0 out of 5 stars Big things happen in small places, 15 Sep 2011
This review is from: FAQ About Time Travel [DVD] (DVD)
As in the original `Doctor Who' (school teachers), immense things happen to the least likely of people. Humble people, ordinary people. It was ever thus, I suppose - consider `The Bible' (fishermen, carpenters etc).

The problem with most Sci-Fi movies is that they are premised on the basis that interesting Sci-Fi experiences only ever happen to Americans, and that it eventually somehow involves the President of the United States.

So it's nice to see a movie like FAQATT that begins and ends with three likeable, strapped-for-cash, semi-employed lads with bad dress sense, awful haircuts and cheap pints. The contrast between the musty ordinariness of a pub and the immense events happening around it is engaging. The use of the gent's loo as a time travel device is clever. Who hasn't gone for a piss in a pub bog with the hope that when they re-emerge, somehow their lives will be slightly brighter and happier places? Time travel is used as a way of dramatizing that hope. It also satirizes the notion that somehow going to a pub and getting mildly pissed will make life better.

I also like the idea that the universe and its higher powers (here, time travelers) only ever intervene in the lives of humble, dispossessed and detached folk. As some reviewers have already said, a bigger budget and more realization of the times they travelled to might have helped. But then on the other hand, a really posh pub, a super smart bog and a drop-dead georgous portal to the fourth dimension would have been a lot less credible. It simply wouldn't have been the place that the dispossessed, with time on their hands to chat to time travelers, would have been hanging out. The gent's toilet is as grotty and ordinary as a police box. The pub is as mundane as the shores of Galilee.

So my view is that the film gets it absolutely right. It is what it is - a thoroughly engaging yarn that I watched on a plane because, like other reviewers, I completely missed FAQATT when it passed through the cinemas.
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