Vintage Tomorrows (Film) Review
Not so much?
“People constantly ask me…what is Steampunk?” Steampunk is a movement that has seemingly taken the world by storm. What once was the odd cosplayer here and there with gears on their hat and a funky retro outfit has morphed into a style that has shown up in everything from a Justin Bieber video to your […]
“People constantly ask me…what is Steampunk?”
Steampunk is a movement that has seemingly taken the world by storm. What once was the odd cosplayer here and there with gears on their hat and a funky retro outfit has morphed into a style that has shown up in everything from a Justin Bieber video to your local Hot Topic store. But what really is Steampunk? What does it stand for? Who are the people who have this movement not just a fashion statement, but a way of life?
Vintage Tomorrows is a documentary that seeks to answer those questions and many more, and it’s not as easy as it sounds. Steampunk itself has no set definition, no one “look”. It means different things to different people, which is a large part of its charm. And so, Vintage Tomorrows doesn’t give just one answer to those questions. By pulling together a group of influential Steampunkers from various walks of life, the filmmakers give viewers a broad perspective on what it really means to be Steampunk.
The film is set up in more of a conversational fashion, with all of the “panel” members sitting around a large table, as if it is just a passionate discussion among friends. This footage is interspersed with footage from one on one interviews as well. All of the information is organized into various categories. For instance, when the history of Steampunk is discussed, you’ll see clips of footage from the dinner party and various personal interviews that deals with that issue. Though none of the conversations are in consecutive order, the way it is set up make for a cohesive conversation on nearly every aspect of Steampunk – as a genre, as a fun hobby, as a way of life.
The one thing that really makes this documentary – and in fact, the movement – are the people. Vintage Tomorrows features some really interesting people, and whether you’re familiar with their previous work or not, they are just fun to watch. From authors to magazine editors to bloggers to costume designers, they are what the movement stands for, and their passion for Steampunk is evident in every word they speak. They all have a unique look, and a unique way of looking at things as well, and it is them that draw you into the film.
Vintage Tomorrows is a great watch for anyone who has ever wondered what this Steampunk business is all about. It features many recognizable faces from the movement, and discusses much of what makes the subculture so unique. Though it doesn’t really have much of a central conflict or driving force that makes you feel driven to keep watching, the faces of the movement are enough to draw you in and make for a really enjoyable film.