Solaris (1972) - Movie Review

Monday, June 19, 2017

poster for Solaris (1972)

A psychologist is sent to a station orbiting a distant planet in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane. (IMDB)
Rating: PG
Runtime: 2 hours 47 minutes
Genre(s): Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi
Released: September 26, 1972
Directed by: Andrei Tarkovsky
Written by: Stanislaw Lem (novel "Solaris"), Fridrikh Gorenshteyn (screenplay), Andrei Tarkovsky (screenplay)
Starring: Natalya Bondarchuk, Donatas Banionis, Jüri Järvet

I loved how this film utilized more than one film type (black & white, sepia, etc). The acting was fantastic and the birthday party scene left me in awe. The score blends in well and gives one a sense of something being very wrong. There is also an awful lot of silence, or almost silence and long sequences that to me seemed like the director was trying too hard to be artsy. Overall though, it is an incredible movie if you do not mind the slow first half and a definite must for anyone who is into the art of cinematography.

Rating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆7/10