I don’t know how I went 21 years without seeing this. I’m glad I finally did.
While the James Bond franchise falters, other spy flicks pick up the slack and out-spy the master spy. KINGSMAN, ROGUE NATION, and THE MAN FROM UNCLE may owe some success to Bond, but that doesn't stop them from being more enjoyable than the recent Bond flicks. This movie and its characters exuded cool throughout, and like the other Bond-replacement franchises, I hope there is more of this in the future.
Beautiful yet frightful. Expansive yet sparse. Vast yet claustrophobic. And all around, a visual masterpiece.
And might it be a sonic masterpiece as well? Both the sound effects (no sound in space until POV shots where we hear what the characters would hear in their suits) and the score were superbly rendered. Before I heard Steven Price’s excellent score, he was unknown to me, but now I look forward to hearing more from him.
Both the film and the score will be present on my end-of-the-year favorites list.