Misinventions of Milo

Ark Films

Why Watch? Milo is a young boy who’s constantly working out the kinks. His garage boycave is a wonderland of DIY science equipment cobbled together using the best electronics of 1988, but his inventions never work quite right.

That might be a good thing, though, because his ideas are ridiculous. His most recent absurd concept? A Reverse Microwave that doesn’t so much make food instantly cold as it sends things back in time. You might even mislabel it “a time machine.”

This short film from writer/director William Whirity is fantastically endearing. A perfect representation of the kinds of childhood adventures that canvased 1980s filmmaking from Joe Dante to Amblin. Milo (played with lisping energy by Charlie Bazzell) is a really cool geek who deals with bullies, finances his inventions with a cheating scam and even has his own adorable catch phrases.

From the thrilling score to the tension of a teacher’s footfalls down the hall to the sweet buddy comedy, The Misinventions of Milo Weatherby is pitch perfect. It’s a miniature Goonies with a sci-fi twist. Whirity has crafted a winning story that succeeds by amplifying low stakes into how large they feel when you’re small.

(Sidenote: it’s not at all structured like a sitcom, but it would make for a great TV show where Milo and his pal Levi go on a new quest every week.)

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