Supernova (2020) London Film Festival Movie Review

Director: Harry Macqueen

Writer: Harry Macqueen (Screenplay)

Starring: Colin Firth, Stanley Tucci, Lori Campbell, James Dreyfus, Ian Drysdale, Julie Hannan,

Plot: Sam and Tusker are traveling across England in their old RV to visit friends, family and places from their past. Since Tusker was diagnosed with dementia two years ago, their time together is the most important thing they have.

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Supernova starts as we meet Sam (Firth) and Tusker (Tucci) who along with their pet dog Ruby are travelling across England, living through the memories of the life they had together, with Tucker suffering from dementia, with the signs showing it is starting to get worse.

As the journey continues, we see how Tucker has his good and bad days, while hiding the true extent of loss of abilities from Sam, in what is a time filled with celebration, it could well be the last time they are truly together.

Thoughts on Supernova

Characters – Sam is a famous musician that is preparing himself for life when Tusker isn’t the same man he fell in love with, he knows it will be hard and will do anything for the love they have. Tusker is a famous novelist who has seen his dementia starting to take over his life, he knows that he doesn’t have as much time in control left, he wants this one last trip down memory lane. The pair have spent most of their lives together and will always want to support each other through the good and bad they will be facing in life.

PerformancesColin Firth and Stanley Tucci are brilliant together here, showing the pure love the characters have and how they are both trying to hold everything together with the changes coming their way.

StoryThe story here follows a couple that are going on a journey across England going through memory lane, before one loses the abilities of everyday life, with his dementia starting to take over his life. This is a story that will look to give you all the feelings in the world, filled with emotional impacts of seeing a loved one suffering with a disease that will see them lose everything they once were. The idea of travelling down memory lane will give hope, but the reality it not going to be a happy one for the pair, who are both preparing for different stages of the life together.

SettingsThe film uses the beautiful backdrops of the English countryside that shows and reflects that the couple’s life is going to slowly to be going slower in the future.


Scene of the Movie – The recording.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – More of the dog please.

Final Thoughts Supernova is a beautiful movie that has two of the best performances of the year in, becoming one of the most essential movies of 2020.



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