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Samiam918’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
A movie about
-what it means to be human
-the fragile middle ground between meaning and nothingness
-the innate discomfort with not knowing
-an incredible, soundtrack that filled the room while complimenting the emptiness in the movie
-creating your own meaning when you find none
Brad Pitt always wished he had a traditional father figure he could look up to figuratively and literally. But he only got the latter. So he decides (or rather his life holds no meaning EXCEPT trying to understand the meaning behind his father) to go into space and see if his father is somehow still alive after going on a lost-contact mission to Neptune 27 years ago. Brad Pitt is confronted with human nature several times before he finally meets his creator, where he is again confronted with the question of purpose. After his dad chooses to stay in space because a captain never goes down without his ship. Brad Pitt somehow makes it back to his ship (only potential plot hole I saw) and he returns to earth with the knowledge that there truly is nothing but us (at least as far as Neptune, they should have tried for Pluto ;). Now equip with this freedom, he realizes he has the freedom to choose the now and choose those around him (I.e. the ominous female figure supposed to be his wife).
I loved it because it wasn’t Arrival or Interstellar. It was its own movie, with its own purpose, and I love that they didn’t find aliens at the end. Because that’s the reality we live in now: we know nothing. And as humans, that scares the absolute shit out of us because we are constantly trying to give things meaning. People cover that discomfort with all sorts of things, but it never makes the void go away. The only freedom Brad Pitt found was accepting not knowing and just enjoying the things he does have and the things he does know: love, a good cup of coffee, and a companion to experience this void with.