9 April 2018

Solaris 2002

Solaris 2002
  • Director: Steven Soderbergh
  • Based on novel by Stanislaw Lem
  • Cast: George Clooney, Natascha McElhone, Viola Davis, Jeremy Davies
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in
    • George Clooney – Gravity, Burn After Reading, Michael Clayton, Good Night and Good Luck, Intolerable Cruelty, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, The Perfect Storm, O Brother Where Art Thou?, The Thin Red Line, Friends
    • Natascha McElhone– The Kid, Ladies in Lavender, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Cold Lazarus, Karaoke
    • Viola Davis – Beautiful Creatures, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Help, Far from Heaven, Kate and Leopold
    • Jeremy Davies – Manderlay, Dogville, Saving Private Ryan, Twister
  • Why? To compare with the Tarkovsky version
  • Seen: 8 April 2018 with Hal and YW in our read-book-see-film group 

We recently saw the Tarkovsky version, our little group. YW and Hal liked it quite a lot, me, not so much. But we agreed it would be interesting to see this one.
Chris Kelvin (Clooney) is a psychologist and gets a message from his friend, one of the crew on the space station orbiting the planet Solaris. Bizarre things are happening and they need his help.
Generally the film follows the book more than Tarkovsky, though much modernised. Rheya’s character is given a background and more depth, mostly a plus. The acting is all first-rate but Jeremy Davies as Snow is exceptionally good.
Sadly, like Tarkovsky, it does not use the book’s powerful ending. A pity. Otherwise a very good film.

4 * of 5 (Hal gave it 4.98 * and YW 2 ½ *)
On Tarkovsky’s version the ratings were me: 2 ½; Hal 4 ½ and YW 3 ½

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