By far one of my favourite films of the year, and quite possibly one of my favourite films of all time, Safety Not Guaranteed debuted to fantastic reviews at Sundance this January, and followed it up by jetting across the Atlantic for the first ever Sundance London, where I saw and instantly fell in love with the film – you can read our five-star review here.
After opening strong in the US this summer, turning its $750,000 budget into just shy of $4m., it’s been looking more and more likely that we wouldn’t be getting a theatrical release in the UK, but no more!
The film is officially set to come out in the UK on Boxing Day this year, and if you don’t have familial obligations that day, I can’t recommend enough just how much you need to go and see this film when it opens – and if not on the day of release, then certainly that weekend. And again in successive weeks.
“From the producers of Little Miss Sunshine – When an unusual classified ad inspires three cynical Seattle magazine employees to look for the story behind it, they discover a mysterious eccentric named Kenneth, a likable but paranoid supermarket clerk, who believes hes solved the riddle of time travel and intends to depart again soon. Together, they embark on a hilarious, smart, and unexpectedly heartfelt journey that reveals how far believing can take you.”
Aubrey Plaza is phenomenal in the lead, starring opposite the ever-brilliant Mark Duplass, with Jake M. Johnson, Karan Soni, Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Jeff Garlin completing the cast brilliantly.
Colin Trevorrow makes one of the most memorable directorial debuts in recent memory, with a script by fellow newcomer Derek Connolly. We heard back in June that the duo will reunite for their next project, The Ambassadors, and I can’t wait to see how that unfolds.
Its Boxing Day release on our shores will see it arrive on the same day as Jack Reacher, starring Tom Cruise, and Midnight’s Children, from the pen of Salman Rushdie. Given how different all three films are in tone and theme, here’s to hoping that they’ll all find their audiences. (Especially Safety Not Guaranteed.)
Safety Not Guaranteed will be released in the UK on 26th December, and for those who missed it in the US over the summer, it will arrive on DVD/Blu-ray on 30th October. For everyone in the UK who’s been awaiting a theatrical release for this film, I hope you’re in as good a mood as I am. This is the best news I’ve heard in a long while, and I hope you’ll be joining me in theatres come Boxing Day. Let us know in the comments below if you can’t wait to see it, too.
And in case you’ve not yet seen it, here’s the brilliant US trailer we saw earlier in the year. Enjoy.