|Original title:||Safety not guaranteed|
|Production country:||USA 2013|
|Running time:||Ca. 83 min.|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
|Number of discs:||1|
|Languages:||German (Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)|
|Picture format:||16:9 (2.35:1)|
|Bonus:||Interview, Featurette, Trailer|
Contents: Darius (Aubrey Plaza) is not really enthusiastic about her job as an intern at a magazine in Seattle. Boring errands and routine jobs determine their daily work. But then editor Jeff (Jake Johnson) looks for voluntary companions for a special story: In the Kaff Oceanview someone looks for a partner who accompanies him on a journey through time. Darius immediately contacted her, the whole thing sounds like the perfect opportunity to bring some momentum to her job. But while she wants to concentrate fully on the search for the supposed time traveler, Jeff is really interested in meeting his old high school flame again. And so it is up to Darius and her intern colleague Arnau (Karan Soni) to uncover the secret behind the strange ad. And indeed she finds the sender of the time travel search in Kenneth (Mark Duplass). When she makes contact with him and spends some time with him, something happens for which Darius is not prepared: she develops feelings for the sensitive man. But the question remains whether Kenneth can actually travel through time or whether he's just crazy. And how will he react when he learns that Darius is actually only after a story?
With "Journey of Love" director Colin Trevorrow has made such an impression that Steven Spielberg has given him the direction for the next part of the "Jurassic Park" series. If you now expect "Journey of Love" to be a fast-paced fantasy adventure in view of this fact and the time travel theme of the movie, then you're wrong. Rather, it is a small but fine indie comedy, which can convince less with loud laughter than with quiet charm. At the beginning the impression may arise that the humor is positioned below the waistline, but it soon becomes clear that Trevorrow and his screenwriter Derek Connolly have much more to offer than flat sex jokes. Rather, the whole thing changes very quickly into a tender love comedy with a light dramatic touch.
Not only the friendship between Darius and Kenneth based on slowly building trust, which could soon become much more, is very lovingly drawn. Also Jeff's effort to get back in touch with his youthful love and the knowledge he gains from it have some very nice moments to offer. Although there are some small lengths here and there and towards the end the events run the risk of getting a little out of hand. But the charming actors like Aubrey Plaza ("Parks & Recreation") or Jake Johnson ("New Girl") and the very nice ending help to make these little weak points quickly forgotten.
"Journey of Love" also shows a very charming way how important it is not to live by the past, to always look ahead and enjoy the here and now. Who likes small, charming American independent films and appreciates comedies that focus more on quiet feel-good humor than on big laughs should not miss this beautiful home cinema premiere. Absolutely worth seeing!
Picture + Sound: The very clean picture of the DVD pleases with its warm, very harmonious coloration and a tidy image sharpness, which only in darker scenes has a few minor weaknesses. The sound is rather unspectacular, which is not unusual for a small comedy dominated by dialogues like this one. The surround channels are only used very sporadically, but for the most part the tonal events take place in the front area. But since this fits the movie and there are at least some dynamics in the surround range, the bottom line is that it's enough for a satisfied one: Good!
Extras: As a bonus, there are a few short interview sequences with the director (approx. 2:41 min.) and a mini-featurette (about 2:19 min.), which is not much more than a longer trailer.
Fazit: "Journey of Love" is a very charming and original comedy of the quieter sounds. Coming-of-age drama is skillfully mixed here with elements of indie romance and light mystery impacts to create a very special whole. On the DVD, this time travel comedy, awarded at the Sundance Festival, presents itself in good picture and sound quality. And also the hardly available bonus material cannot prevent that there is a clear "recommendable" at the end!
An article by Frankfurt-Tipp