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Muddled, poorly told and with a morose cast, this is a pretentious mess that has nothing interesting to say and/or is too ineptly told to convey it. Avoid.
While I enjoy arthouse cinema, some of it is bland, boring crap that people mostly praise to look cool and intelligent. High Life is one of those movies. In comparison, Ad Astra was a masterpiece. I'm getting s bit tired of this whole idea that for a movie to be art, it must be as unengaging, hostile towards the viewer and throw out a fleshed out story in favor of endless symbolism and mood-setting. To me, cinema is storytelling, not poetry, and I prefer even my artsy films as such: stories.
Not my cup of tea! What the heck? Pattinson mumbled, Binoche was crazed and hammy. The baby kept me engaged for the first 10 minutes then I lost the plot!
One of the worst movies I've watched. I wouldn't watch it 'till the end if I wasn't in a movie house. Total waste of time.
The visuals are stunning with everything revolving around that aspect -- the cinematography, the lighting, the production design -- all of it is beautiful, unique and interesting. Consequently, 'High Life' is more of a collection of interesting imagery, a journey through art as a visual and auditory experience with some vague and ill-defined story at its centre. But that lack of story and characters to invest in means that it doesn't grab you the way a film should. So, whilst there are a few scenes that could be interpreted as meaningful, even in their ambiguity, without a strong story and characters at its core, the imagery starts to feel a bit pretentious. At the end of the day, I'm here for a film, not an art installation; maybe you'll feel differently.
On occasion very limited release for offbeat indie films causes me to wait until their available elsewhere. Such as with many films from the A24 Studios. 2019's - High Life is such a film. Available now on Amazon Prime. This one takes patients and attention to detail to get the message. Absolutely not Star Wars, 2001, Interstellar The Martian or even Moon. Much more subtle, like Ad Astra. Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche star in this methodical, dark, claustrophobic tale of human nature, human experiments and the promise of a new world and future.
Very slow-paced, somewhat minimalistic, but interesting and refreshing.
Horrible wretch of a movie. A seriously unpleasant and boring experience
It was akin to space porn, sounds of 2001, kinda bummed me out to watch the entire thing with no end
At the beginning of the film, Monte (Robert Pattinson) is outside a space station, working, and talking to baby Willow, who is inside watching and listening to him through a control panel screen. There are rich, brilliant shots of a garden. We don't know why they are there or if there is anyone else around, but we do know that there is a special bond between the two of them. I won't say any more about the film, because one of its crowning achievements is how it takes care in revealing the true story of what is happening while moving back and forth between past, present, and future. This is a very unique film for science fiction lovers; I think it is great science fiction in that the director tries to stay close to the true science as possible while observing it through a thoughtful, philosophical lens. I was reminded of the film Arrival in this regard. I also was reminded of 2001: A Space Odyssey in how the film captures being in space. I also thought about the Colombian film from earlier this year, Monos, in its questions about human nature. While not perfect, and in some places, I thought the dialog a bit strange, I enjoyed the thoughtfulness of the film. I also loved the development of the story about the bond between Monte and Willow; this was a particularly beautiful part of the storyline. Thumbs up from me for a film that provides another recent example of the range of Robert Pattinson's abilities (he is brilliant in The Lighthouse). I remember passing him and Kristen Stewart off in the Twilight movie, but both have established themselves as actors who consistently turn out magnificent work in very unusual films.