The Global Kaleidoscope: Back to the 90s

While I have a running series on my blog, called ‘The Indian Kaleidoscope’ where I run through an amazing array of Indian films. It’s not surprising that movies around the world in different languages are so varied as well. Which is why I am starting and will be continuing this series called ‘The Global Kaleidoscope’. It will exclude English, Indian and Korean films (as there are separate running series on my blog for that)

So without wasting any more time!

The release poster for ‘Back to the 90s’

Country of origin: Thailand

Language: Thai

Directed by: Yanyong Kuruaungkoul

Starring: Pimchanok Luevisadpaibul, Achita Pramoj Na Ayudhya, Dan Aaron Ramnarong

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Released: 19 March 2015

Dan Aaron Ramnarong as Kong

The story starts with our protagonist Kong, who like any other teenager doesn’t seem to be having a smooth sailing with his parents. What troubles him more is that, his parents and their relationship are in a rocky state as well. He overhears his mother mention another woman and even finds some burnt old photos of the same, along with a pager.

Suddenly from a message on a pager, he goes over to a phone booth, and he’s transported back in time to the 90s. A time when his father was after his dream of becoming a musician, especially in the genre of Alternative music. His mother isn’t even dating her father.

He also realises that another woman by the name Som, likes his father a lot, although he sees her as a sister more.

Although confused at first, he sets out to find how his parents ended up together, and fix things right.

From right to left, Som and Kong’s father in the 90s

An interesting theme. And an interesting movie.

Usually movies that go with any form of sci-fi might turn out to be the journey of the protagonist to find the reason why these scientifically impossible events are actually happening. This movie didn’t really try to explore any of that but went straight into the drama of his parents and their relationship.

Things looked pretty 90s and authentic to me, at least from a perspective of a person who doesn’t know much about life in the 90s in Thailand.

Kong and Som

Another interesting thing from the point of view of Kong is that he got to see his parents in a different light. Unlike the parents he is used to, he sees that his father is not strict but just as savvy and unbothered as anyone else. His father shirks from responsibilities, and just wants to become a musician and tries really hard for that as well. His mother too was young, free, independent and so different from how she is as a mother.

I think this part really gives us some food for thought. In most cases, we always visualise as our parents to be responsible, mature and everything else they are from the time we know them. We never really think past a point where they could have been as reckless, and fun, and so much else. They might have dropped a lot of dreams and wishes to be where they are today and I think it’s something we should always keep in our mind.

Another important thing that gave some food for thought is the pager.

There is a particular scene where Som and Kong meet up so that Som can just say thank you for teaching her the guitar .

Kong asks-
Why not just send a page or call? A simple text message could have sufficed as a thank you. Why meet up in person for this?

To this, Som replies,
Well,texts can lie. But the eyes cannot. That’s why I wanted to meet face to face.

It helps us reflect on who we are online and who we are otherwise. It also gives us a grasp on how much communication and relationships have evolved. In some old movies when the heroine is in distress and she doesn’t have her phone on her we are like “OMG if she had her phone she could have called for help!” But what about those times when we actually waited for someone with no idea if they are nearby, held up or coming at all, a time without this kind of instantaneous communication I mean.

This movie also gave an interesting look into the era of the pagers. Something that was very short lived and not many especially of the younger generation got to see.

Altogether, this movie is nothing complicated. It’s something you can watch comfortably on a weekend. It does have it’s flaws here and there,and some things which could have been excluded, but overall a good watch. Don’t expect anything amazing from this, but don’t think it’s not good at all either.

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  1. Ooh nice one! Sounds like it has a little bit of that Back to the future vibe to me as well, and I always love stories that have a little bit of time travelling in it, so that is really cool! Really agree with what you wrote about online communication. Things really have changed. It amazes me sometimes when you are in a restaurant and you see people sitting at the same table, not talking to each other but only texting on their phones. It’s really crazy when you stop to think about it. That said, really enjoyed your post for this! Great review😊

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    • Yeah even I love movies with this kind of elememt in them! Using instant communication is good. But forgetting the traditional things like talking to the person across the dining table, that’s just sad. Aww thank you Michel!

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