April A-Z Challenge, April 25, Letter V: Movie Review – The Visitors (2013)

Movie Synopsis: In a series of lengthy images of trancelike human faces, buildings and structures, nature, and space, artsy director Godfrey Reggio demonstrates a variety of concepts to the audience, including our trance-like relationship with technology and electronics, the impact on our environment today, and the connection between design, space, and human connection.

Movie Review: This was very much an art film, almost feeling like it should be played in museums or art galleries as opposed to theatres. That being said, a friend and I watched this film in a small artsy theatre with only 2 other people in the theatre, which felt very appropriate as it added to the quiet-like feel of this film. A beautiful score accompanied the various images on the screen, and the director did a great job of showcasing a variety of themes and ideas. The decision to focus minutes of attention on one person’s face or on one building added depth and dimension, as the viewer could take time to think about what this was signifying for them. At the same time, it was interesting to see how challenging it could be to stay focused when the camera stayed on one person or building for an extended period of time. Lots of themes, elements, and ideas came to mind during this period, and it was definitely a unique cinematic experience.

Overall: 4 stars out of 5 stars.

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