Let me start off by saying that this film is, if nothing else, a cut above the norm to which we are used to. This film is certainly not for everyone, and that is quite understandable, because of how it is structured. Not only must the viewer keep their attention on many storylines, but many characters within those story lines. None the less, if one can keep their attention on what is mot important to the film, which is the core of beliefs that make a cohesive bond between the many story lines, then it becomes something rather beautiful.
These central themes vary from the power of love, the thought that one has to create their own happiness, to the idea that one can change the minds of many.
To start off with, love was a great central role in the film, and it also feeds into what I personally thought was my favorite story line of the entire film. This is the story line which centers around Ben Whishaw, who played a young composer by the name of Robert Frobisher. Perhaps the reasoning behind this story line being amongst my favorites is left solely to Whishaw’s acting ability, which is great, but I believe that his love story was the most alluring element of the film. This is because it was the first time that I had scene a gay relationship portrayed in a way that was not homogenized, but rather realistic in nature. The usual portrayal of such a relationship leaves audiences thinking that gay people are a breed apart from everyone else, but this film succeeds in showing that they are not so different from anyone at all.
This is essentially another theme of the film; the idea that we are not different then each other in any way, and that any boundaries we put between us are illusions. This is a reoccurring theme that truly resonated with me, as it interweaves into every single story line seamlessly, and in a way that didn’t seem forced.
Something that did seem forced, however, was a story line which centered around a dystopian future, with Tom Hanks at the helm. Now the problem I had with this portion of the film is that the characters had a dialect distinctive to the time that they were living in, and it was a bit nonsensical. When Tom Hanks came to the third time that he was saying, “You saying the true true?”, I had become somewhat disinterested in that portion of the story. Overall though, the acting ability brought to this film by Tom Hanks, and about every other actor in the film, was quite spectacular.
So overall, I thought the film was, though at times quite jarring, something of a masterpiece. I wouldn’t give it a ten out of ten, because the film is surely flawed in some aspects, but I would go so far as to give the film a nine out of ten, because it was nearly perfect, but certain aspects really hold it back from being as good and concise as it could have been. I really did love this film, and I hope to soon read the novel which it was based off of, in order to compare the two.