Monday, May 13, 2013

Solaris (1972) Spoiler-free review

Is it good?
Yes, it's good weird.

Is it technically good?
Visually, it's striking and different - even if some of the special effects don't stand up.
The acting is quite good (though it's sometimes hard to tell in a different language).
They're going for a counterpoint to sci-fi blockbusters, but it's too quiet.
Be ready for a slow movie. If you can make it through Part I, Part II is a good payoff, though it's still slow.
In short: it's Criterion for a reason.

What does it promise - and does it deliver?
A contemplative, psychological, art-house counterpoint to sci-fi's action and technology blockbusters - and it delivers.

If you liked these, you'll like this: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Trek the Motion Picture.

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