The Loneliest Planet

Saturday, December 03 rd, 2016 at 00:12 am 

The Loneliest Planet

JOY REVIEW

The Loneliest Planet stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Hani Furstenberg, whom I actually saw on the subway, as two young people who are deciding to backpack through the Caucasus Mountains before their honeymoon. And they have kind of a mysterious guide. I mean, one of the questions you have immediately is why the hell are they going here, the scenery isn’t all that gorgeous. They don’t run into any people, there’s not really much going on, though mysteriously they all keep very clean. But that’s just the easy part of the movie. A large part of it, nothing happens, and there’s only one thing that does happen, and it happens about an hour into the movie, and it occurs for maybe 10 seconds, and it suddenly changes everything, which is sort of an interesting dramatic device. The question is, are you really willing to sit through an hour where nothing happens to see 10 seconds, and then the rest of another hour where essentially nothing happens? I don’t think so. It’s an interesting philosophical issue, and as a five-minute short, might have really worked. As a two-hour film, I don’t think so. One star.

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