“HOW TO GET FROM HERE TO THERE”
I cannot remember the last time I saw a science-fiction gay themed film. Sci-fi is just not a popular genre for LGBT film probably because there are so any different aspects of the real world that we do not have to look elsewhere. Perhaps that is what we learn from Kevin James Thornton’s feature film debut, “How to Get From Here to There”. Thornton wrote, directed and stars in his film and also wrote and performs some of the music tracks and while hi intentions are undoubtedly very good, the result is not. Those of you who read my review know that I rarely give a bad review. I really wanted to like this film and I admire the work that went into it but it just does not work.
When his mother dies, an unnamed gay man (Thornton) in blue collar America returns to his childhood home and there he finds a cardboard time machine that he made when he was a youngster. Now he uses it to get an idea about his future, as he thinks about the choices that we face in life. He is now middle-aged and blue collared with a taste for drink. Perhaps that is why his childhood time machine would n allow a look into the future (or so it seemed while he had been drinking).
In a sense he returns to his childhood as craft commander. On this trip he meets and loves a younger man (Daniel Mark Collins, who is also unnamed), a strong but quiet guy. We are not told how they met and came together but we see that it began, blossomed and then fell apart during three “imaginary” trips into the future. When the time machine stops working, the man needs to do what he came to do— have his mother cremated, pack up her house and pick up his life. Since he believes that he has seen a taste of the future during his time machine trips, he feels lucky in that he can change whatever comes his way since he already knows about it.
The problem I had here was that it was not convincing and very amateur. As a filmmaker dealing with LGBT themes, I would concentrate on what we know rather than enter a world of uncertainties. The entire film seemed inauthentic and I found that I really could not be bothered to care about either character. Whether there is potential there for future films, we will just have to wait and see.