science fiction's forget-me-not (@TFPO)

Like Lucifer, only without the theological trappings of sin, Joseph Kosinski set out to bring some light into the normally dimly-lit visions of Hollywood science fiction. It’s a logical step. His work on Tron: Legacy was entirely rooted in the play of light on dark in an agile, design-driven cinematography of contrast. Rebutting Ridley Scott’s pitch-grime Prometheus (or, as he points out in an interview with the L.A. Times, the original Alien film), Kosinski engages the opportunity for brightly imagined vistas, whose appeal James Cameron reignited with Avatar, all the while delivering high-concept science fiction inspired by the character-driven films he grew up with in the seventies. The result makes stunning use of natural landscapes (Ireland is a star) and design spanning architectural and industrial concepts – without blurring the wistful character study’s focal point as typically happens in more technology-obsessed blockbusters. From the beautiful bubble ship design – a practical and not virtual object – to the tower habitats that loom far above the earth’s surface, to the sweeping landscapes of a planet haunted by the memory of civilization, the clarity and brightness of Kosinski’s work marks him as a visionary. Read the rest at The Front Page Online


Catherine said...

Nice to hear, so now I have to see it. Glad you gave props to the underrated Equilibrium among other superior but less heralded entries. The trouble with SF today is that Hollywood is trapped into budget-heavy effects which therefore require huge audiences. The bigger the audience, the lower the common denominator so intelligence and awe are often sacrificed. You only have to look back at Forbidden Planet to see that a reasonable budget film can deliver an intelligent message to a more discerning audience.

I am still trying to get my local video store to obtain The Mill and the Cross which they mistook for yet another action flick.

Frederik Sisa said...

Hollywood doesn't get science-fiction...but sometimes Hollywood doesn't even get Hollywood, as demonstrated by the praise lavished on J.J. Abrams for his determinedly anti-Rodenberry Star Trek movies.

I agree with you that there is plenty of smart science fiction that can be done on a smaller scale, but smaller scale doesn't fit into go big or go home mentality of studio executives.