The Discovery

“Faith” Oh, God. I have such contempt for that word. Show me someone who relies on faith and I’ll show you someone who’s given up control over whatever it is they believe.

The Film Itself

This movie was not what I expected. I thought there would have been a little more science involved and a lot more Robert Redford. I definitely was not expecting as much of a love story. However, it does pose an interesting theory as to what’s beyond this life.

Let’s start with the actors. Like I said, I would have liked a lot more Robert Redford than I got. Honestly, I think I would have preferred a movie centering on his character rather than Jason Segel’s. Not that Jason Segel wasn’t good, just I think I would have preferred more science and less love. For instance, I thought the concept of Robert Redford’s cult was really interesting but there was almost no point in including it in this movie. I think my main problem with this movie is that it’s not Arrival. I have such a love for Arrival that it’s clouding my judgement but I’ll try to stay objective. (Go see Arrival RIGHT NOW) I just think that Arrival had such a perfect balance of scientific discovery and sentimentality, whereas The Discovery was a little heavy-handed on the sentimentality. But then again, that’s how I felt about Interstellar the first time I saw it because the science went over my head.

Back to the acting. Jesse Plemons is always such a delightful surprise. I loved him in Fargo and I loved him in this. The way he kind of hides behind his hair, just the way he hides behind his faith in his father is so perfect to me. Rooney Mara was good too but I find it hard to really dig down into a purely quirky character. I will say she had great chemistry with Jason Segel.

This was such a softly-paced and dreamlike movie. I don’t want to say it’s slow-paced because that’s not quite right, it just takes its time. Let me tell you though, such good cinematography. I loved the dreary coloring of the whole movie. And the score was AMAZING. Easily the best part of the movie. However it always concerns me when aspects like cinematography and score overshadow the rest of the movie.

It’s a little hard to analyze the plot because the ending colors it so much but again, I’ll do my best, for you my devoted supporters. I think the ending is really interesting but it frustrates me that it wasn’t slightly more obvious. Not that I wanted to be able to figure out the answer but I couldn’t go back and point to specific clues without the movie’s help. Also it took me and my dad a few minutes to piece it together. We came up with: the brother and father did not bring Will back, instead he died and went to “a different place” like Isla said, the different place being where her son died. Not sure if that’s accurate but that’s all we were able to figure out. Also I find it kind of hard to believe that the death of a woman he did not know followed him his entire life? And if the answer to that is that they were “mean to to be together”, that’s lame and gross.

I know it might sound like I hated this movie but I didn’t. I liked it but didn’t love it. Three Stars. And I think that’s probably mostly just personal preference. Give it a try.

Best Part

When Will went under the machine and died (?). It was so interestingly and beautifully shot.

That and Jesse Plemons’ one-man band. Probably my favorite character.

Worst Part

Hmm. Nothing terrible sticks out. I guess I didn’t love the scene when Jason Segel and Rooney Mara met? Just didn’t love Jason Segel in this scene I guess.

Fun Fact

Nicholas Hoult was originally cast in the lead role. Man would I have loved to see that. Would have been a totally different movie.