Upside Down, a new film by director Juan Solanas is a beautiful romantic mess. Visually I loved almost every frame of this film. Imagine a digital painting come to life. Solanas is a truly gifted visual director. The lighting is beyond accomplished and the art direction was a treat for any science fiction fantasy fan. Unfortunately, this film lacks the intellectual complexity that could have made it a breakthrough film.
For anyone interested in a simple romantic sic fi fantasy you will love this film. It has all the expected plot lines and pit falls of a tedious love story. However, anyone beyond post-puberty will find this film intellectually trite and tedious.Watching this love story unfold was like watching water boil. Slow, boring and uneventful. Kirsten Dunst and Jim Sturgess gave fair performances based on the limited depth of the script. I give them credit for building sand castles in a rainstorm.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B0002OJYDS” locale=”us” height=”138″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51aPKSi54dL._SL160_.jpg” width=”160″]No matter how beautiful, I just couldn’t get past the sickly saccharine story. We never get anything unexpected from these characters and the science behind the idea is a mess. This film is filled with missed opportunities. The best intellectual ideas get sweapt under the utopian rug and the best dystopian moments are covered with romantic fantasy so silly that you forget just how crazy having an entire world floating above you would actually be. Had the conflict between the upper and lower worlds be explored in more detail or in a more mature and unexpected way this area of the script would have been the saving grace. Overall I would say it is worth the rental just to see the art direction and the CGI. You just need to be prepared for the love sickness that will follow.
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