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Color Out of Space

2019 | United StatesMalaysiaPortugal | 111 min | More...
A still from Color Out of Space (2019)
B-: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
on Thu May 27, 2021

I liked this one, but I wanted to love it. Based on H. P. Lovecraft’s story, a meteorite crash-lands outside an isolated New England farmhouse, dooming the family within to manipulation by extraterrestrial forces. Nicolas Cage plays the exasperated patriarch.

I loved the atmosphere. The opening wide shots convey a clear storytelling vision with director Richard Stanley establishing the environment as a central character. This proves the film’s highlight as the natural green and gray forest transforms to an unnatural psychedelic purple.

The cast shines too. I bought everyone in their roles, though Cage’s performance feels too heightened at the start.

Which brings me to my lone gripe. I sense there’s a great movie here. Perhaps a longer cut affording Cage more runway to transform from mild Dad to deranged victim. Or a shorter cut fueled by nightmare logic. As-is, the film feels disjointed. For example, Cage’s relationship with his father emerges in two isolated scenes as though it were a central theme. Meanwhile, the ever-present alpacas mean… something? It’s as though Stanley couldn’t decide if he wanted to present a dramatic horror or psychedelic nightmare. He delivers impressive aspects of both, but in committing to neither, shortchanges his film.

Viewing History

    Watched on
    Thu May 27, 2021 via 4k UHD Blu-ray (2019 | RLJ Entertainment)
    Watched on
    Wed Jan 22, 2020
    at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - One Loudoun