This review of Marjorie Prime is spoiler free
WITH COMPUTERS ADVANCING, newer mobile devices being released at least three times a year and the chance of having a robot in our home quickly dawning. This brings the question; is the world of the sci-fi genre truly taking over the way people feel, with grief, love, humanity and memory? Well, with the latest instalments of sci-fi films such as Spike Jonze's 'Her', Alex Garland's 'Ex Machina' or perhaps as recent as this October with Denis Villeneuve's 'Blade Runner 2049' the possibility of a cerebral mind taking over the world could be sooner than once thought. Or it could even be happening right now - the fact is we just wouldn't know it.
Welcome Michael Almereyda's adaptation of Jordan Harrison's Pulitzer-nominated study of memory, grief and love Marjorie Prime. Set in a future when death doesn't have to be the end, an elderly woman named Marjorie (Lois Smith) spends her final, ailing days with a younger holographic projection of her late husband Walter (Jon Hamm), spending as much time as possible conversing about the complex structure of memory and how much it can affect us the older we get. On paper, the film's plot is simple weaving between the memories she had with her daughter (Geena Davis) who hates the holographic being of her father, her career as a violinist, to dealing with grief after the death of her husband. However, under the paper Almereyda keeps you thinking as he carefully constructs thought-provoking questions of memory, grief, family, humanity and loss. Much like 'Her', he spends his time delving deeper into the complexity of the human mind, digging it out piece by piece delivering every piece on a silver platter leaving you to think about the pieces he leaves behind.
Visual-wise, there's not much to look at aside from the holographic projection of Walter, it's not like 'Blade Runner 2049' where there's CG imagery popping out at every corner of the screen. Almereyda keeps it visually sparse keeping your eyes fixed on one special effect. And Sean Prince's stunningly serene airy cinematography is fluid and varied enough to enchant through minimalist yet stunning chamber rooms to prevent the stage bound feel. While Marjorie Prime is a slow-burning conversational piece and may not be to everyone's taste, it's an intelligent, powerfully quiet and soulful piece that will keep you asking in-depth questions about the fragile construction of the human mind playing on history, emotions and humanity it'll be almost too hard to forget.
VERDICT Hamm and Smith are stunning in an unforgettable quietly poignant sci-fi breathing in fresh thought-provoking questions about humanity and feelings.
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Marjorie Prime is a movie starring Stephanie Andujar, Hana Colley, and Geena Davis. A service that provides holographic recreations of deceased loved ones allows a woman to come face-to-face with the younger version of her late...
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In the near future, a time of artificial intelligence: 86-year-old Marjorie has a handsome new companion who looks like her deceased husband and is programmed to feed the story of her life back to her. What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance?
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Gets the cerebral mind thinkingReviewed byCorey JamesVote: 8/10
This review of Marjorie Prime is spoiler free
Saw this at the Rotterdam film festival 2017 (website: iffr.com). Itall started as a compelling and original premise, but I got lostunderway about what it all meant story-wise speaking. A lot of talking,but I still don't know what makes everyone tick.
On the other hand, we were made aware that manipulating the past is oneof the prime issues at hand, once you are given the opportunity tore-make idealized versions of deceased relatives, and to even improveon them by planting memories that are not completely true to reality(every now and then we hear the words "I'll remember it now"). Couldhave been thought provoking, but I lost my interest halfway the runningtime.
All in all, the actors are much better than the play they act in. Thefestival visitors ranked this movie a bit better than halfway at the57th (out of 172) place for the audience award, with score 4.009 (outof 5).
A successful stage to screen production of the Pulitzer prize-nominated play: a thought-provoking sci-fi chamber drama that engages the audience from start to finish. With intimacy at its core it pulls the audience in to the world of a family and while it is melancholic it is also absorbing - 'love after life' is an interesting area to ruminate on. It is ambitious in scope and beautifully acted and poses thought-provoking questions about memory, humanity, and love.