Ian Thorpe (shown below, who is the director and co-writer, along with Joey Abi-Loutfi and Eric Staley) sure did. Together with a very nimble cast, they have found a way to make this mediocrity so sweet and silly and special that I swear, they've accomplished something that almost no one else has: finding exactly the right kind of dead-pan humor to make what should be a bad movie quite wonderful. ETERNITY: THE MOVIE works just about perfectly, in fact -- once you tune into its wave length, that is.
The NY Times review that its critic clearly did not tune in. You may be luckier. Do try, because the rewards are great. This story of a meet-cute twosome (who resemble something awfully close to the Hall & Oates that some of us loved so well) decide to become a hit duo, and by gum, they sure do -- oh! Deadpan is often portrayed as affectless; here it's anything but. There is so much enthusiasm on display that you can't decide if it's infectious or just plain loony. Either way, though, it's a lot of fun.
Myko Olivier (above, right) and Barrett Crake (above, left), the twosome proves adorable and talented enough to have a few hits, as well as involve themselves in an eventualy three-way, would-be love affair with their neighbor, Gina-Marie (a smart and funny Nikki Leonti, shown at bottom, right).
Eric Roberts (below) and Jon Gries (above, left). But it's our ever-hopeful, starry-eyed duo who rule. How everyone here found the right degree of "almost reality," sweetness and skill to turn what, by all rights, ought to have been a big nothing into a quite something may remain one of those marvelous movie mysteries that occur but rarely.
AMC Empire 25, next Friday, October 24 in Los Angeles at Laemmle's Music Hall 3, and thereafter at another half-dozen cities around the country. Click here to see all currently scheduled playdates.