pip and i rented and watched Solaris tonight. Solaris stars George Clooney, who departs from his typical role as the guy with all of the answers to a person in search of them. it was an interesting movie.. one of those few that leave you with more questions than answers. it’s billed as a sci-fi movie, but it really isn’t science fiction, although it does have some sci-fi elements to it. it’s more of a psychological puzzle movie that keeps you guessing until the very end. the basic plot is this science mission is in orbit of a planet (Solaris), when things start going wrong. exactly what no one is really sure of. anyway, George is a psychiatrist, sent to figure out what the heck is going on. it turns out Solaris can manifest things from people’s memories.. like dead loved ones, who seem all too real. i don’t want to give away too much of the movie, but those are the basic themes.
even the ending is sort of vague and unsatisfying. i know the director wanted to leave it all up to the interpretation of the viewer, and blah blah blah, but give me more to base my ‘interpretations’ on! don’t let me sway you from watching it though.. it’s a well-done movie, a “thinking” movie, well worth seeing. i liked it, but it just felt like it needed something more i guess.
so what’s my interpretation anyway? well.. first WATCH the movie. because i don’t want to spoil it for you. i think George stays on Solaris, and “dies.” dying in a sense that he departs from what we call reality, and enters into this blissful existence where everything is preserved for eternity. he fears it (who doesn’t fear the unknown), but at the same time embraces it, because it means he can be with his wife again, without having to live with the pain of her memory and the negative emotions associated with it.

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