So – our man Tyson over at HEAD IN A VICE has been going on and on and on about his love for this movie for months now and I finally got a chance to see it (the day I am writing this) and I have to agree that, for the most part, this thing is a really excellent piece of Science Fiction. It’s very well written and put together, the score is pretty awesome (which you can read more in depth analysis of that at Tyson’s review HERE) and, while I could nitpick about some things, I’m not going to because this is a real work of art, and, if nothing else, it’s FUCKING beautiful!
So, yes, I am not going to pick a bunch of nits about some of the technical things going on in here but recommend that you see this with your own eyes because there don’t appear to be many pics out there that I can go upload and I watched this on Netflix (on the TV) so I can’t make my own screen grabs. This is a slow movie but every single image is almost beautiful and – yes – filled with wicked awesome SLO-MO sequences that made me very happy – ESPECIALLY the Civil War shots!
The only real problem I had with this was the last act. To me, it tried to get a little too trippy and poignant and serious and look-how-insignificant-we-are-enjoy-the-human-experience for me but that really shouldn’t deter you from giving this a chance. With that written, the last act might make a lot more sense and be more endearing if you’re – um – er – as stoned as they get. Don’t do drugs!! Top hats off to everything else about this, but remember, it’s sloooooow. But so was EARTHLING and that was AWESOME!
To wrap this up so you can go queue this up and share the human experience of LOVE (person to person love and the movie), I’ll get all lovey dovey and comment on what I think is the purpose of this movie (which you can also read at Tyson’s post). Actually, Tyson did a really good job of that so I’ll let him bathe in all of the seriousness of our insignificance in the universe and end with the lyrics to Monty Python’s THE GALAXY SONG, which details kind of the same thing, although in rhyme and comedy:
Just remember that you’re standing on a planet that’s evolving
And revolving at nine hundred miles an hour,
That’s orbiting at nineteen miles a second, so it’s reckoned,
A sun that is the source of all our power.
The sun and you and me and all the stars that we can see
Are moving at a million miles a day
In an outer spiral arm, at forty thousand miles an hour,
Of the galaxy we call the ‘Milky Way’.
Our galaxy itself contains a hundred billion stars.
It’s a hundred thousand light years side to side.
It bulges in the middle, sixteen thousand light years thick,
But out by us, it’s just three thousand light years wide.
We’re thirty thousand light years from galactic central point.
We go ’round every two hundred million years,
And our galaxy is only one of millions of billions
In this amazing and expanding universe.
The universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding
In all of the directions it can whizz
As fast as it can go, at the speed of light, you know,
Twelve million miles a minute, and that’s the fastest speed there is.
So remember, when you’re feeling very small and insecure,
How amazingly unlikely is your birth,
And pray that there’s intelligent life somewhere up in space,
‘Cause there’s bugger all down here on Earth.