Works slightly better knowing exactly where it’s going since the dramatic speeches don’t have as much weight and are easily the weakest part of the film. It drags a bit and it’s overly blunt in parts but that’s to be expected from a film that’s about writing thousands of pages.
Space epics, especially the subgenre of space epics about dads in space, are quite often films that I absolutely adore. This is among the very best of them and among the very best of all films. The acting and the visuals both stunningly convey the isolation, the hostility, and the beauty of space and life. A compelling vision of the future it shows a universe where so much is possible yet nothing is escapable and the same dilemmas of obligation…
When I first saw this, much of my reflection was dedicated to thinking about my relationship with my father. On a second viewing, I find myself thinking much more about my relationship with the world and with my life as a whole.
It’s awfully easy to get so caught up in the big picture that you miss the small details. The things you want but don’t have, the things you have but don’t want, the dreams and aspirations that will…