Comet (2015)

logDirector: Sam Esmail

Writer: Sam Esmail (Screenplay)

Starring: Justin Long, Emmy Rossum, Kayla Servi, Eric Winter, Ben Scott, Lou Beatty Jr, Ben Pace, Nicole Lucas

Plot: Set in a parallel universe, Comet bounces back and forth over the course of an unlikely but perfectly paired couple’s six-year relationship.

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Relationship Talking

Story: Comet starts by telling us the events of this film will be over the past 6 years in parallel universes. We meet Dell (Long) whose mother is dying but doesn’t see much happening in his meaningless life as he prepares to watch a meteor shower. A chance encounter with Kimberly (Rossum) where his life flashes before his eyes even thought Kimberly is on a date with Josh (Winter).

We continue to flick between the time period of their relationship, we see how the awkward uncomfortable start of the relationship starts showing how both are different in their own way. We go through a series of arguments between the two as they end up going in their different direction at different times in different universes.

Comet is an interesting film that has an interesting concept which I has actually just seen a very similar one with singing ‘The Last Five Years’. I am a fan of a love story that isn’t all happy endings but I do feel this feel does gets lost with the idea of multiply universes, it teases the idea that things will collapse on itself but then plays the dream idea before not really going anywhere. We do get a solid look at how relationships could fall apart or could have gone in different direction which works nicely. (6/10)

Actor Review

Justin Long: Dell is the confused young man who doesn’t believe in love but when he meets Kimberly his life changes, we know this is just part of his life and each universe he is in a different stage of his relationship. Justin does his usual for this type of this film but doesn’t reach the levels we know he can. (6/10)

Emmy Rossum: Kimberly is the girl that came into Dell’s life as we know where she ends up and each universe shows her getting their quicker. Emmy does a solid job but I do feel there could have been more to here character. (5/10)

Support Cast: Comet really doesn’t have a supporting cast we have a couple of characters in the opening scene but after that it is just the two of the characters the whole film.

Director Review: Sam EsmailSam does give us an original idea which is always good but I feel adding the sci-fi angle doesn’t really work. (5/10)

Comedy: Comet has a few laughs but is mostly about the romance. (5/10)

Romance: Comet is a film that studies different stages in a relationship, we see thee start, the middle the arguments and the difference appearing between the characters. (7/10)

Sci-Fi: Comet add tries to use the parallel universe idea but never finishes the idea of what could have been with the idea. (3/10)

Settings: Comet brings us to a range of settings which all show different locations in the relationship. (6/10)

Suggestion: Comet is one to try, I feel if you want to see something fresh from the idea of romance films this could be for you but you might find it slow. (Try It)

Best Part: Concept of different times of a relationship.

Worst Part: doesn’t pull you in enough.

Believability: The relationship side is but the parallel universes harder to believe. (4/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: The Last Five years

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

Overall: Interesting idea, but falls slightly short of what it could have been

Rating 60


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