Film Review - Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
A Standard Time Travel Comedy with four not so busy actors, but I love it. It has a nice little charm to it and I just don’t know why I watch this so much.
Plot: Three Middle Aged Men going through a mid life crisis, when one breaks up with his girlfriend, another finds out his wife has been cheating and another tries to kill himself. After the suicide attempt, they organise a trip to Kodiak Valley, where they spent most of their childhood. With Adam’s (John Cusack) nephew along with the trip. They realise that the place where they had the wildest nights is a broken place with no shops or anything. However when they enter the hot tub and an illegal energy drink soaks the wiring and sends them back to 1986, they must do the same things that night in order to get back in time and not mess around with the future.
Review: A Plain Comedy that didn’t do too well in the Box Office but had very high DVD sales. And I know why. Because at face value, a comedy with John Cusack, The Kid from Kick ass, the Black Guy from Pineapple Express and the cop from Harold And Kumar. It doesn’t sound too exciting. I didn’t watch it in the cinema because it didn’t really appeal to me. However I heard some buzz around the film so I spent 3 pounds on this film and is one of the my favourite comedies of the decade.
It is a typical time travel comedy, it’s main comedic focus is the anachronisms of the time. For example, The colour of Michael Jackson, and The social limitations of the 80’s, no email, no facebook, mobile phones were lacking. That part is cliche and does provide some laughs but theres moments in the film where what would normal people do when put back in the past like betting, inventing foreshadowed corporations which provide the most laughs.
I do like comedy but it’s rare for a film to keep me laughing and on edge and this was one of those rare moments. This film is flawed, yeah, it doesn’t follow the time travel rules at all even though they are mentioned throughout the whole film and I thought the ending was rushed and not the best choice for the ending. I also found the kid frustrating. It’s not perfect.
However it has this charm that I was talking about earlier. Nostalgia is a weakness to most humans, and this presses on the fact that friends don’t last forever and that couldn’t be anymore relevant to me at the time and now for that fact. It’s just fascinating that they get to go back to the “good old times”. It does hit on the whole idea of friends don’t last and this whole idea of mid life crisis. It would of been a complete 10 out of 10 if it was a little darker in tone, more like the film funny people but actually funny. But you can’t really go dark when the main plot is about a hot tub time machine.
I look at this film from a robotic objective stance and it’s not the greatest of films but personally it was funny and relevant. Film’s are a personal connection, you should never look at a film that robotic. I do love this film, if only the ending wasn’t rushed and really push the mid life crisis point this would of been perfect.
Overall: The music was great, the whole 80’s look, looked great, there’s a rumoured sequel, I’d watch it. It’s just a standard comedy but with that little extra. I would definitely recommend this film in anyone’s film library. It’s a sleeper hit with a lot of laughs, and you got to love John Cusack! Definitely watch it, not perfect but well above average. Film Rating 8/10