“Comet” Movie Review

A weird film that easily became one of my favorites.

“Comet”, starring Justin Long and Emmy Rossum, is about two star-crossed lovers whose relationship blooms and unravels over the course of six years in this mysterious, dazzlingly original romance. When a chance encounter brings together the cynical Dell (Long) and the quick-witted Kimberly (Rossum), the stage is set for a tempestuous love affair that unfolds like a puzzle. As the film zigzags back and forth in time-from a meteor shower in LA, to an encounter in a Paris hotel room, to a fateful phone call-an unforgettable portrait of a relationship emerges. Sumptuously shot and boasting incredible chemistry between the leads, Comet is a one-of-a-kind cosmic love story. (via IMDB)

Knowing nothing about this film, I watched “Comet” without any expectations. It was Friday night and a friend recommended this film after enjoying a couple glasses of alcohol. We were both sober but she seemed a little hesitant to mention the film. I told her I had never seen it before, then she proceeded to tell me who the main protagonists were. “Justin Long and Emmy Rossum”. Personally, I’m a fan of Justin Long and I can’t think of a moment where he was in front of the camera that I didn’t enjoy his performance. Emmy Rossum is an actress I’ve only seen in one other film which was ridiculously atrocious. I don’t even want to mention the name of the film just for the sake of not wanting to build any curiosity to put yourself through watching it. Nevertheless, like I said, I went in without any expectations.

I can’t praise director and screenplay writer, Sam Esmail, as well as cinematographer Eric Koretz for this visual masterpiece of a film. Scene by scene I was blown away by the visual storytelling. “A dream of memories; conversations that we’ve had…they weaved in and out of each other like those M.C. Escher drawings.” This is how protagonist Dell, played by Justin Long, describes a recent dream in the film which, in keeping with the film’s ardent reflexivity, also describes the film itself.

The only flaw that I could find in this film is in a specific part where Dell makes a big life-long decision that he forever regrets. Perhaps I missed the explanation, but I did not understand why he made the decision that he did. I won’t explain what it is, but know that this decision changed the entire course of the film that brought the conclusion of the film. Nevertheless, this was a fantastic film and I will be adding it my collection. It reminded me a lot of the Spike Jonze film “Her”.

“Comet” is a weird film that easily became one of my favorites.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of 5

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