Prepare yourself for all the “feelz.” Bring tissues; mute all other electronics, and let the movie take you up, down, and through ALL the emotional loops. Again, be prepared. As with all the best stories, you’ll most likely need a minute…or more by the end. Plan for that, too. While you’re watching Beyond the Farthest Star for the first time, however, just try to take it all in. You’ll have plenty of time to process and discuss it all later…and probably watch it again…and process even more.
Now, I love stories…in all mediums, but I’m usually the “book was better” type, so though I expected I’d love the movie, I didn’t expect I’d LOVE the movie. I enjoy TV and movies as much as most, but it’s rare when a movie can drive my thoughts and emotions THAT extensively. When folks say that Beyond the Farthest Star is unique and that it really touched their hearts…umm. Yeah. Believe ‘em.
The cast, crew, and creatives flexed some pretty impressive emotional muscles on this one. When viewers say the movie tugged at their heart-strings and touched them deeply, they’re trying to sum up a highly emotional experience in a tweet-sized bite. Just trust ‘em. A short blurb can’t do it justice. (Watch the movie, and you’ll see what I mean.) I had to sit with it for a bit before attempting a review, too.
…and yes, I laughed as much as I cried, so don’t think a heart-warming story has to be just a tear-jerker. Seriously…ALL the feelz. …and I could recollect and discuss the movie for hours.
Discussion is good! Evoking deep thoughts and strong emotions is good! It’s a really GOOD movie! …but I may also prepare protective gear for some of those discussions. I don’t particularly want to be squashed in the middle of a discussion between folks with “firmly” held opinions. Ever see Alabama and Auburn fans discuss the Iron Bowl? (((shudder))) Yeah. Be prepared for that, too. Emotions will run high! …but what a ride?!?!
…and at the risk of waxing poetic for a moment… I really want to emphasize how powerfully Beyond the Farthest Star tells this story. …stories, actually, but I’m doing my best to avoid spoilers.
I couldn’t write a review right away. I had to sit with the experience for a bit. …for a MOVIE. It’s incredibly rare when I can’t just start typing away, but it really was a “spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings/emotions…recollected in tranquility.”
I have NEVER compared a movie to Wordsworth. Ever. …but no movie has ever elicited the same experience, either. Until now. I didn’t think that was possible! Theater? Maybe. …but a movie? The writing alone warrants the reference. Truly, it’s beautifully written, and I plan to start reading the novel tomorrow. …but the TV/movie medium requires even more than beautiful writing to pull viewers IN to the experience and FEEL all the emotions. The cast, crew, and creatives reached skill level, magician on this one. (If they’re listening/reading…DO IT AGAIN!)
So yeah. I tried to “blurbify” a description in just a few words, but my heart was reacting much louder than my brain. (…hence, the essay-length review) For the review title, however, I kept circling back to “insightful, inciteful, soul-soothing, and ultimately uplifting.” If those are the applicable adjectives you like for your movies, I highly recommend Beyond the Farthest Star. If you really don’t want to explore deep emotions and issues, you might prefer a light comedy or action/adventure instead. Humor, light or dark, is usually my first impulse, too, and there is light and dark humor in Beyond the Farthest Star…especially if you enjoy subtle references to the 80s or sci-fi. IF, however, you’re looking to stretch your own emotional muscles, go with Beyond the Farthest Star. …and a box of tissues. …and be prepared to sit with the experience for a while afterward. You’ll need the time for a “cool down stretch,” but you’ll be stretchin’ the “smile” muscles, too.