A couple of months back, I was raving about the trailer for Comet to all my friends . It looked so beautiful, endearing and, as always, I am a complete sucker for the boy-meets-girl-with-a-twist kind of story. So, now that I finally got to watch the whole thing and not just impressions of it, I decided to write a little review. Spoilers ahead!
Before we get into the actual review, here a few facts:
Genre: Drama/Romance (imdb would also like to have me believe it’s a comedy, but I really don’t think so)
Length: 91 minutes
Cast: Emmy Rossum, Justin Long, Eric Winter, Kayla Servi …
Director: Sam Esmail
In the movie, you see the relationship of the perfectly paired duo Emmy Rossum and Justin Long unfold over the course of 6 years. It all starts at a meteor shower, but you just get glimpses of their life, not necessarily in chronological order. Dell (Justin Long) is a bitter, cynic, smart-ass narcissist, while Kimberly (Emmy Rossum) is beautiful, witty, crazy and fun – of course they hit it off right away. I’m not sure Esmail really managed to “re-invent” the boy-meets-girl drama, but the two main characters have a certain fascination to them and so does the movie.
The first thing I noticed (besides the great choice of music) was that it’s visually stunning, even poetic at times. That alone should get you to want to watch it in a movie theatre, but otherwise I sometimes felt lost. I understand that, just like a painting, Comet does not have a traditional beginning, middle and end, but during the entire time I was watching it, there was this alien feeling to it, and you just knew that something wasn’t quite right. Apparently the whole story is set in a parallel universe, but to me, it seemed much more like a dream; thoughts bouncing back and forth at random, or in this case, Esmail switching between channels, jumping through time. It’s not just the time jumping though, every part of the story has a unique visual style to it and while it’s truly beautiful, I kept wondering if it were several different parallel universes where Dell and Kim met each time instead of just one. Also, it seemed like they were stuck in a loop, always ending up the same way which made for an abrupt ending of the film. You spend one and a half hours investing your emotions into this relationship, just to get it taken away without real conclusion. I suppose that’s what bothered me most; not knowing if they got together or not.
All in all it seemed like a mix between (500) Days of Summer and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind to me, which I can’t say is a bad thing. I still have so many questions about the movie and I guess if that was Esmail‘s goal, he succeeded. It’s definitely one of the better Indie movies out there, because even though it’s confusing, you never stop watching. Did any of you see it as well? What was your opinion?