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The new meta sci-fi comedy The Second Age of Aquarius wants you to know that you can resurrect your favorite dead rock musicians just using your laptop and ingenuity.
At least that’s what our agoraphobic computer programmer heroine Alberta (Christina Jacquelyn Calph) does when she’s not mourning the death of her grandmother.
When we first meet Alberta, she’s pretty bummed because Granny is dead. Waxing nostalgic, she programs granny’s favorite rocker Russell Aquarius as an avatar. Granny and Alberta bonded over Russell’s iconic music.
Russell, you see, was gone too soon as he got electrocuted on stage at the ripe old age of 27. Russ was granny’s favorite musician. Alberta liked him a lot too.
But does Alberta like Russell enough to bring him back to life? Because thanks to a power outage and the magic of movies, that’s what happens.
Never mind. I just fact checked and this was based on actual science and this scenario is entirely plausible.
Dead Russell becomes undead Russell (Michael Ursu) complete with sideburns and leather clothing and antiquated gender stereotypes. Russell thinks he’s just tripping. Alberta is accepting what’s going on pretty calmly.
Both their lives are changed forever.
As you might guess, Russell will have trouble adjusting to life in the 21st century, what with iPhones, email, certain illicit drugs that rhyme with “steed” are now legal and can be delivered right to your door, and the ability to transform into robots. What’s a formerly dead rockstar to do?
Alberta will have to teach resurrected Russell about life in the new world as well as figure out WTF is going on. But she’s got problems of her own.
In the meantime, Russ and Alberta are starting to actually like each other, despite their 400-year age difference. Alberta still has to figure out the details of Russell’s rebirth and reappearance all while keeping it secret to the outside world.
Russell will have to come to terms with his death in order to get on with his life.
What Works With The Second Age of Aquarius
- Second Age is a pretty standard fish-out-of-water comedy but writer/director Staci Layne Wilson (co-written by Darren Smith) keeps the production breezy enough so nothing ever gets stale. There’s more than enough genial laughter for its crisp 80-minute running time and there’s genuine chemistry between the two leads.
- Most of the best laughs come from a running radio DJ voice over that drops exposition and solid one-liners.
What Doesn’t Work With The Second Age of Aquarius.
- Visually it does tend to get static as most of the movie takes place in one central location, but it’s never too much of a hindrance and you’re never bored.
If you’re in the mood for something lite to take your mind off your favorite grandmother’s death or you just want to smile, then Aquarius might be the right Age for you.
Remember to stay through to the end credits like you’re watching a Marvel movie.
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