A couple of would-be vanquishers of Earth opt instead to play bluegrass in a Brooklyn bar in the sweetly wacky caper
Building a decidedly low-fi origin story around a real-life musical duo, the movie could have made its points — war is bad; music is the universal language — in half the time. But the harmonies are sweet, the acoustic picking impressive.
And if the matter of Planet Hondo's fate is more a thinly veiled showcase for the two-man band than an involving story, J. Anderson Mitchell and Jeremy Kipp Walker's ultra-low-budget sci-fi comedy delivers a few intergalactic laughs with down-to-earth warmth.
New York dad Bill (Nils d'Aulaire) has kept his true, Hondonian identity a secret from his wife (
At a friendly neighborhood dive run by Larry (
'The History of Future Folk'
MPAA rating: None.
Running time: 1 hour, 25 minutes.
Playing: At the