Film Review: Upstream Colour

Upstream Color

Upstream Colour is an experimental film which offers a meditative experience.

A graphic designer is drugged and infected with a parasite. This affects her life and behaviour. She connects with a man, and together they try to piece together their fragmented lives…

After a tentative start, Shane Carruth’s Upstream Colour gets going. The writer-director gives the audience a hook which is intriguing. The film does not spoon feed viewers, but offers a connection between different elements allowing them to piece together what they wish.

Upstream Colour does not follow a traditional narrative format. There are strands that flow throughout the film, but standard storytelling is absent. Upstream Colour is abstract at times, but never entirely surreal.

The film is successful in engaging the imagination, prompting viewers to consider the meaning of things on screen. Some minds will wonder, but this seems an acceptable outcome of proceedings. Others will be engaged in considering the overall meaning of the film.

There are several themes at play in Upstream Colour. Prominent of these is the relationship between the experienced and the imagined, which permeates the film. Elsewhere, there is an emphasis on the spherical, an idea that grows as the film progresses.

Sound is used to good effect in Carruth’s film. Cinematography is also a strong point, particularly the early close-up shots. Casting is good in Upstream Colour. Amy Seimetz offers a decent performance; her expressions work well. Other depictions, including Shane Carruth’s Jeff, are fitting.

Upstream Colour will not appeal to a wide audience, given its lack of narrative structure and reflective style. Those that give the film a chance should find Upstream Colour to be a pensive and worthwhile experience.

Stuff To Look At

A treasure trove of film stuff, including the latest Thor: The Dark World trailer, Muppets Most Wanted and more…

Thor: The Dark World

Here is the new Thor: The Dark World trailer. It looks as if it will bring the same blend of action and comedy as its predecessor and Avengers Assemble. Thor: The Dark World is set for release in UK cinemas on 30th October 2013.

Muppets Most Wanted

The teaser trailer for Muppets Most Wanted (formerly known as The Muppets… Again) was released this week. There are plenty of celebrity appearances it seems, with Ricky Gervais taking the human lead. Muppets Most Wanted is due for release in Spring 2014.

Upstream Colour

Upstream Color poster

I have seen Shane Carruth’s Upstream Colour and can report it is well worth the watch. The film is rather abstract, but is absorbing viewing. Upstream Colour is released in UK cinemas on 30th August 2013.

Blue Jasmine

Here is the trailer for Woody Allen’s latest, Blue Jasmine. Set in San Francisco, the film features Cate Blanchett, Sally Hawkins and Alec Baldwin. From the trailer alone, it looks as if Blanchett will be fantastic. Blue Jasmine is released in UK cinemas on 27th September 2013.

We’re The Millers

Here is a featurette on We’re The Millers, the new comedy starring Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston. From previously trailers, the film looks as if it could be pretty funny. We’re The Millers is released in the UK on 23rd August 2013.