This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Even if some of the crumbs left in this plot were less than subtle and the consistent reminder that Sloane always waits to play her “trump card,” the climax of this film was highly satisfying. Very similar to the prison scene in Flight, there is an annoying “did you catch this thing that we already explained through great direction and story telling? Well just in case you didn’t we will spell it out to make sure you really understood” prison scene at the end of this film. Never the less, this is a good watch.
Expectations have a huge influence on my perception of a film and there is no better example than J. Edgar. I had only heard criticisms of Clint Eastwood’s biopic of the infamous FBI director which led to my surprise on how much I enjoyed it. Yes it’s 20 minutes too long, the color gradient is too grey and the old man make up can be jarring, but J. Edgar is a competent period piece that chronicles the modernization of America through the life of an extremely flawed man.
I didn’t enjoy this film which I am hesitant to admit as I know it is almost universally beloved.
I acknowledge that my perspective is heavily biased as I believe the Soderbergh 2002 remake of Solaris to be an all time great Sci-Fi film as it maintains the fascinating psychological concepts of Tarkovsky’s original while being structured in a more consumable way.
Tarkovsky’s Solaris is an objectively great Sci-Fi film but its pacing and direction style prevented me from fully sinking into its provoking existentialism.