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The well-acted Clara lacks clarity, and there's nothing worse than an out-of-focus telescope.
This film is custom-tailored to elicit a profound reaction from the audience and to do so it takes turns favouring your heart and your mind.
It does gain traction in its final 20 minutes, when Clara's big reveal appears and pays off most of the previous hour, but that sacrifices actual emotion for dutifully plotted emotional beats.
While a handful of Sherman's plot elements are predictable and visible from space, Clara remains a gorgeously mounted, well paced, admirably restrained, and exceptionally performed low-key crowd pleaser.
It fails to envision a story, let alone a world, not built upon embattled-loner clichés and exhausted gender stereotypes.
Kind of what you'd get if you crossed Carl Sagan's Contact with Erich Segal's Love Story. A sophisticated story that wears its heart on its sleeve.
Clara is, in the end, an earnest misfire that squanders its various positive attributes...
There's a deeper meaning toAkash Sherman's Clara as the film begs of us to ask if life exists beyond the Earth.
Working in a kind of cosmic Cameron Crowe mode, writer/director Sherman tries to mix the manic-pixie-dream-girl genre with some considerably weightier themes, placing the elements of his big climactic revelation carefully.
With a more creative approach to science fiction, Clara would have benefited from a closer look at how women can be people, too.
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