An Honest Injun Review of Upside Down
(No Spoilers, sort of)
The main question I ask myself after a film is usually I am glad that I saw this?
Of course, the really, really good films don’t prompt this question because I’m all caught up in the emotion or grand finale or whatever, and that question doesn’t occur because my mind is either racing or basking.
I did, however, ask myself this question after watching Upside Down.
The answer, I would like to be reasonably quick to point out, is yes, I am glad I saw this film. It has some really good moments and some of the shots of people with different gravities interacting are very good.
Ultimately, it did let me down though. It has a brilliant concept which lends itself to comments on the human condition, and it did deal with them manfully, but I just felt a bit eh?
during the last few minutes.
It’s like the director (also the writer) suddenly got bored of making a sci-fi film about 86.3% of the way through and decided to just wrap up the love story that drives the film and fuck everything else off. All the science goes out of the fiction toward the end and that left me slightly disappointed. Plus there are a few other moments which were written poorly, though I pretty much think that about every film I see. More despair could have been coaxed out of the actors is one major gripe. Jim Sturgess, Kirsten Dunst and Timothy Spall all did well enough, but only Spall came close to capturing the despair that the characters occasionally felt.
All of the bad moments are justified by the wonderful toilet scene though. It’s just a shame an equivalent didn’t happen later in the film.
5/10 for the story. 7.5/10 for the visualisation of the bizarre world. 9/10 for originality of concept, if not quite executed as well as might have been.