Tartovsky's Solaris: 4.5 stars.
Dreamlike, hypnotizing, slow, expansive, ever-shifting, porous, somewhat cold - in the open spaces hover all the existentialist questions of humanity & who we are as individuals to each other. More interested in metaphysical questions than directly personal ones. Kelvin is an avatar for our own projections.
Feels large & looming. Akin to facing the unknown void of space with a mixture wonder & fear.
Soderbergh's Solaris: 3.5 stars.
Tight, focused, crisp, fraught with emotion - by shifting the focus of the story primarily onto Kelvin & his wife, it becomes more about interpersonal relationships. More interested in those two as characters than humanity as a whole.
Feels small & personal. Akin to facing off with a loved one & untangling history.