Movie Review: The History of Future Folk by Jason Burleson

969482_506392052742260_456208141_nWho doesn’t love music? Am I right? Music is powerful.  It has the ability to change almost anything.  The 70s were changed by bands like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and countless others.  The 90s were changed by Nirvana, Tupac, and even still countless others.  We won’t talk about what happened in the 80s.  My point is that all these bands used their melodious messages to bring about change.  From politics, to war, to poverty, this music gave the issues a voice, a very powerful voice, and that voice turned ignorance into enlightenment.  Music is not to be underestimated.  What if it could save the world? What if it could save a civilization? In The History of Future Folk, we find out.

The History of Future Folk tells the story of Planet Hondo.  Hondo is a planet far away from Earth, and its scientists discover a meteor, which on its current trajectory, will destroy the planet.  The people of Hondo are inconsolable but send their top warrior, General Trius (Nils D’Aulaire) to travel to Earth and eliminate its people so that the people of Hondo can repopulate it.  General Trius takes his mission seriously, but upon his arrival to Earth, he is introduced to the emotional and uproarious voice of music on earth.  Never in the history of Hondo had anyone thought to arrange notes in order to create such joyful noise. This changes General Trius, and he falls in love with the planet,finds a wife, and has a child.  A few years down the line, another warrior from Hondo named Kevin (Jay Klaitz) is sent to find and kill General Trius for traitorously aborting his mission. Of course, when Kevin fails at killing Trius he is consoled by music and changes his plan as well.  Together they form Future Folk.  However, all is not lost for Hondo.  General Trius continues to search for a way to save them from Earth.  However, he may have more than his hands full, and I’m not talking of banjos and guitars.

FutureFolk_BandLiveOne of the best things about The History of Future Folk is that it’s not just a movie.  It’s an origination story.  While possibly exaggerated, this film paints the beginnings of a real band surprisingly called Future Folk. This band has actually been rather successful and has been touring around the northeast for over the last ten years with quite a cult following.  This means all of the music used in the film is original and helps tell the story of their intergalactic beginnings.  If you are a fan of bluegrass, then you will at least love the music.  Personally, I thought you could find the musings somewhere between Presidents of the United States of America and Tenacious D.  The songs are warm and creative, giving the writing that very special something to the story telling.  The love that these two vanquishers have for music springs forth in every aspect of the story, from fighting off extraterrestrial enemies to serenading potential love interests.  While this film is obviously going to lack intense special effects of a mainstream film, it still holds its own and has already received some seriously outspoken reviews from the media.  Above all, this dramatic comedy grabs the audience and plays on everyone’s love for music, leaving them with only good feelings after watching a story of destruction.

While the Hondonian crisis still looms over this alien duo, at least they are doing what they love.  We’ll have to wait and see what happens to them both and the future of Earth.  That being said, music has led to some crazy things.  Overall, this outlandish story of a musical uprising called The History of Future Folk will inspire even the least talented musician to go out and grab a guitar.

I give The History of Future Folk 4 “Big Red Buckets” out of 5.


by Jason Burleson

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