Solaris ★★½

Although Solaris gets pretty close to what I might call mildly entertaining, and has a memorable ending, I still don't think I understand the cult of praise that surrounds Tarkovsky's work. It has moments of unpolished lyricism that might suggest promise in a beginning student filmmaker, but are mostly the product of his penchant for long, slow and redundant takes, which occasionally pay-off. His concepts are intriguing, but his narratives are dully realized, and his themes are intellectual, but not revelatory or impactful.

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