A magnificent experience, that is breathtaking and unnerving thanks to spectacular visuals and a smashing score by Max Richter. The emotional beats are rather trite, but Ad Astra still works on many levels, especially as a down-to-earth (pun unintended) depiction of space travel, which makes it all the more astonishing.
Nichols strikes again with a moving story as much about childhood as about adulthood. With discreet and beautiful camerawork, it unfolds with the meeting of two young boys and a fugitive from the law. At first everything is in its place: our eyes, nature and an interesting and very original story. But soon the plot takes over, and while the screenplay utters some of the most interesting lines of the year, the excessive action undermines the director's great sense of…
Lego blocks as sea. Lego blocks as smoke.
Some of the most exquisite and dazzling animation visuals to come from the US in recent memory.
Lego blocks as freedom. Lego blocks as creativity.
The complementary aspects of the plot/moral with the actual Lego’s is impressive. Creative freedom, team spirit and amity are all approached by both facets and the result is moving, if naive and antithetic.
Lego blocks as publicity. Lego blocks as repression.
The analytical side of the plot…