It’s gotta be hard to make a retro film. Getting the look, dialogue, acting and everything else just right so that it really looks authentic has to be an absolute pain, and often very costly. Films that manage to do it properly are rare, but independent films that manage to pull off such a feat are even rarer indeed. To my great surprise and pleasure however, Fizzy Days is one of those incredibly rare films that manages to pull it off to perfection.
The year is 1975. Two sixteen year old boys, one of whom just got his permit, dream of buying Fizzys, mostly so they can score with girls who seem to just get weak in the knees over any loser who happens to ride one. Ronno (Alex Robinson) is a perfect example of that. He’s a local teenager who’s about one chromosome away from being a mental caveman, and yet he scores with the hottest girls because he has a Fizzy. What’s a Fizzy? It’s a 50cc moped, and in this film, they had like eight or ten of the things and they all looked brand new. Where they found them I don’t know, but having that many, especially at the dealership was pretty impressive.
Anyway, our main characters Eddy (Kris Scholes) and Tommo (Scott Whitley) want to score with hot girls too, so to that end, Eddy gets a job at a local grocery store in order to save up enough money to buy their shiny new rides. That’s when the fun really begins. Will they get their rides in the end? And what about those girls? You’ll have to watch it and find out.
Fizzy days is one of those films that makes you not want it to end. The biggest crime here is that it’s only a half hour long. I could have watched three hours worth of this film and never gotten tired of it. Why? Not only because it was so perfectly done that it took me back to a time when I was a kid, but also because there’s really not a single flaw I can think of in this film. Everything about it is absolutely perfect, from the way it was shot and edited, to the look and feel of it, and to what has to be the most important thing in any film…the performances. There’s not a bad performance in this entire film, and the characters, most especially the weird guy who works at the grocery store with Eddy, just make the film.
The professionalism on display here with every aspect of this wonderful film just shows that it doesn’t take millions of dollars to make a good movie. It really takes nothing more than talent and the desire to tell a story and entertain people, and that’s something that writer / director Mark Millicent pulled off here with absolute perfection. I only wish this had been a feature instead of a short, because I feel like there’s so much more fun that was just waiting to be had.
If you’d like to find out more about this film, you can check out the film’s website at http://www.fizzydays.com.