There are some moments during which we wished that we made other decisions in our lives. Whether it was not declaring our love at the right moment, not taking that big opportunity at work or not fulfilling our dreams because of being afraid of the consequences, we all have things we regret.
Little did we know what the outcome would be just by making that one decision and not another one. There will always be that ‘What if?’ question.
Well, for James, that question doesn’t exist anymore as he can see what the future will be like if he doesn’t think twice about the decisions he will make now.
Thanks to director Jeremy LaLonde (“The Go-Getters”, “How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town”), we can follow his eye-opening and personal journey which results in a funny, vibrant, and welcoming film.
That “James vs. His Future Self” would be a down-to-earth film becomes clear right from the moment we meet James (Jonas Chernick). No cocky man who’s full of himself, driving a flashy car and living in a brand new house.
No, ‘just’ a scientist, living in an elegant house and being surrounded by his wonderful housemate Courtney (Cleopatra Coleman) and his sister Meredith (Tommie-Amber Pirie). The element that makes James less ordinary is his immense passion and dedication to science and time-travelling.
As a scientist, he’s being surrounded by formulas every day and while there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, he’s just taking it a little bit too far. Almost no social interest and care for the people around him. Saying that he takes them for granted would be a massive understatement.
However, his life full of numbers is being turned upside down like never before when he meets the stranger who claims to be James (Daniel Stern) from the future.
James doesn’t believe it until the stranger can answer physical questions only James can know. For the outside world, this future James is named Jimmy just to make things less awkward, if that’s already possible. Jimmy shows what James would become if he didn’t make the right decisions now and if he doesn’t start living in the present.
The only thing James can do to avoid the lonely life Jimmy has is to change his behaviour drastically. This means less caring about the numbers and more about the people.
The men make a deal: James needs to get his life on the right track and if he succeeds in that, Jimmy will disappear. But how do you make a man, who’s being locked up with psychics and mats for as long as he can remember, showing affection to the people around him?
While seeing this movie, you will not only get an answer to that question but you will also think about your own life, decisions and what it means for you to live in the present. On top of that, you will also see a gorgeous and heart-warming film that has many splendid elements to offer.
One of the elements is the stunning chemistry between all the leading actors and actresses. During our interview with writer, producer and actor Jonas Chernick (“The Go-Getters”, “A Swingers Weekend”), he mentioned that the entire cast had amazing chemistry and it’s really obvious when watching the movie.
Jonas is just so wonderful and funny to watch in his hilarious and brilliant role as James. He’ll guide you through this film with such joy that will make you smile the entire time. His scenes with Stern are just worth gold.
Stern (“Home Alone”, “The Next Three Days”) brings so much humour and wisdom to this film as Jimmy. Stern delivers every line with such emotions and human touch and there’s always something we can learn from his character. More towards the ends, he can even show a darker and honestly unexpected side.
There’s also a strong female cast in this movie. First up, there Coleman (“Hover”, “Take the 10”) who’s playing the comprehensive and sweet but also determined Courtney. She puts those characteristics on screen in a lovely and captivating way. Meredith is the sister that’s always there for her brother no matter how many time he let her down.
The fine performance of Pirie (“The Go-Getters”, “Tell the World”) shows that brotherly love, care, and compassion in a beautiful way. Last but certainly not least, there’s Frances Conroy (“Mountain Rest”, “The Tale”) as Dr. Rowley, James’ boss. According to Chernick, she brought her A-game to this film and after seeing her stunning and powerful performance, we can only agree with that.
Not only the human performances make from this movie such a heart-warming one. No, it’s also the cinematography from Scott McClellan (“From the Vine”, “Astronaut”). He mostly uses wide shots when the conversations are taking place due to which the audience gets the chance to connect with the leads.
More close-ups are being used when we see James in action as the scientist. The connection with the characters is even more present because of the editing by LaLonde himself. He makes this film passing by like a real-life story by using no harsh cuts. The transition between the scenes is just excellently done and thanks to that, the shots merge gorgeously together.
The music also brings some peacefulness to this movie. It mostly consists of relaxing piano music. Sometimes, there’s also the sharp violin when things get a little heated.
“James vs. His Future Self” will be screened the Glasgow Film Festival on the 4th and 5th of March and will get a nation-wide release thanks to Sky TV soon. You should take one of those chances to catch this funny, very enjoyable and relaxing film that’s filled with amazing talent both in front and behind the camera.
4th March 2020
THE QUICK SELL
When an uptight time-travelling obsessed young scientist is visited by his nihilistic future self, he's told that he needs to give up his dream of becoming the world's first time traveler, or else.