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Solyaris / Solaris (1972, 2002) [original and re-adaptation]

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Old Feb 18, 2003, 04:26 PM   #1
Ivan
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The Remake VS. Original comparison (possible SPOILERS)

The New Solaris(2002) fails where the original succeeded. What made the original great, those subtle and insightful philosophical talks on board the ship, the ones that simply crawled out from the atmosphere of the movie, totally lacked in the remake.

The remake shows that a good background idea is not enough to make a movie really significant . The remake filmmakers obviously got the idea of what Solaris is, but what they failed to realize is that the movie (original story) was not just about Solaris, and Kelvin's (Clooney character) loss of his wife. The remake centers only on that segment and exploits it in the opposite direction of where the original went. Outrageously dropping many characters back on Earth (Most significantly Kelvin’s Father) and awkwardly replacing the characters on board the orbital station with (in my opinion) rather shallow Capitan Gordon character .

In the original movie Kelvin's lost love, was a main catalyst for the story, yes, but it was a way for Kelvin to reach new realizations of love, death and life itself. His life on Earth and in Solaris orbit was troubled by many more complex relationships . Especially noting the difficult connections to his father and the relationship they lost on earth. Kelvin’s ultimate wish and regret was never eternity with his dead wife. He overcame the need for her presence and love at the end.

Something that is drastically altered in the remake and made out to be the ultimate goal of his whole philosophical and emotional journey. I must state my preference in this case to the original. I think that limiting this story to just that is to shallow. The original did it remarkably better , with more dept and style. The only area where the Remake tops the original is in visual presentation of the Solaris planet. The surface shots look remarkable but in this type of movie it is a fact of secondary value.

Now a little bit about the new characters and the changes in the plot compared to the original (SPOILERS):

The plot changes in the remake are a real mess. For example we are lead to believe that Kelvin's mission is to convince the crew on the orbital station to go back on earth, something they were apparently against. But when he comes aboard we meet cap. Gordon which is rather eager to leave for Earth. There are some dialogs that are just plain awkward. (for example the initial cap. Gordon self-diagnosis of apathy and depression is ridiculous - no person truly in that sate is capable of diagnosing its own mental state, especially not in that sterile manner). Then later on we simply witness the twist where she suddenly wants to go back to Earth. (apparently because she got rid of her "manifestations" by using some sort of reverse polarized electromagnetic charge wave ) . This also degrades the entirely different subject widely addressed in the original and that is the idea of communication with the Solaris and the question of possibility to communicate in general with any kind of intelligence different from our own.

Also in the original movie, Solaris power was limited to a close radius from the planet. While in the remake the characters are not aware of this fact and even propose the possibility that if they take a manifestation with them the phenomenon could reapear on Earth in a grand scale. (?) Also a lot of scenes crucial for the original were just left out (the remake is 60 minutes shorter).

All in all my recommendation is for everyone to watch the original. It is much deeper, thought provoking and intelligent. The original is a mix of emotion and philosophical thought, While the Remake concentrates on emotion and stops at that. It doesn't explore the human motivation further then that, it draws no conclusions of it.

Original Solaris is a much better movie. Its quality is unchanged in time, and together with 2001 and Dark City, is one of the best in the whole SF genre .

Solaris (2002) 7.0/10.0
Solaris (1972) 9.0/10.0

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Old Feb 18, 2003, 04:38 PM   #2
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Re: The Remake VS. Original comparison (possible SPOILERS)

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Also a lot of scenes crucial for the original were just left out (the remake is 60 minutes shorter).
the scenes that are 'crucial' to the remake should not be compared to the original, but to the book by S. Lem.

By the way, the original Solaris was made in '72.
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Old Feb 19, 2003, 12:50 AM   #3
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Re: Remake VS. Original comparison (possible SPOILERS)

Yes it was 1972.

And for the record. I am comparing the MOVIES. I don't care about the book.
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