|04.21.15||Netflix|| Since I'm in a downswing with seeing movies in theaters, I'm finding it really rewarding to sit down and experience these big hype movies after the world has moved on. I definitely remember the anticipation of this, the mixed reviews, and the blowback. I'd also heard that a few people still liked it. Mostly I'm astounded that I didn't get spoiled by pop culture in the time it took to hit the rental market.|
So... let me start off by saying that I liked this movie a lot. I think a lot of sci-fi these days is just set dressing thrown on action movies and the world needs more movies like this that really swing for the fences. I also loved how McConaughey and Hathaway were big enough names that the marketing people didn't have to dip any deeper to sell the film. Like I said, I'm astounded that I got to come to this movie in such a pure way after so long.
I should go back and read negative reviews of this. I have to think that maybe the hype and perhaps expectation of a Gravity Part 2 biased a lot of peoples' experiences watching. I did have a few minor issues (Using the Dylan Thomas poem once would've been fine. 4 times got a little grating. Also the music was a bit too heavy-handed for me and the pacing with the "climactic" scene where Murph "rescues" her niece and nephew(?) felt very weak compared with what it was cross-cut with), but I thought the performances were great, the effects amazing, it looked gorgeous, and went somewhere admirable. I definitely felt shades of Clarke there at the end (Rendezvous with Rama, 3001). I also thought the world-building of the first act was really great and understated, the beat about the textbook being a great example.
so... yeah. I liked this. Thought it was really well done.