I have been tracking this film since its debut at Sundance, and despite mixed reviews, I decided to watch it on the first day that it came available on Netflix. This is a film about which I disagree with the critics greatly.
The writing of the film was just as thought-provoking as could be expected. The premise is really unique and offers a lot of commentary on society. The film really makes you think and reflect on your life. The mystery elements of the film kept me guessing, and the ending of the film is phenomenal. The love story in the film feels very natural and adds to the commentary of the film. The comedic relief is also worked in well throughout.
The acting in the film is great. Robert Redford, Jason Segel, and Rooney Mara are all very good in their roles. Usually, I would have thought Segel to be more fit to a comedic relief actor, but he does well as the serious character of the film. Jesse Plemmons is the comedic relief, and he does well. Steenburgen is the only person who overacts, but she is only in one scene.
The execution of the film is also great. The cinematography and production design are beautiful, and the score highlights the emotional impact of the events of the film. The color scheme also replicates the tone well.
Overall, I was very impressed by "The Discovery". It is a well-acted, well-made, and thoughfully-written film. It almost feels similar to a Nolan film.
Big Tuna's Rating: A
How Did I Watch It?: Netflix.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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