When I saw Memento
, I was eager to discuss it's twisting plot and ambiguous ending with other viewers, and I rushed to an online discussion group. I was disappointed to find, however, more argument over whether the film accurately depicted the condition of anterograde memory loss than discussion of the film's narrative. I felt the same way upon reading DVD Savant's review of Solaris
While I would certainly agree that the movie can only tenously be considered science fiction, I don't think that that should necessarily be considered a strike against it. It's certainly true that "Kelvin doesn't have to go halfway across the universe, just to do a romantic self-inventory," but it would be equally true to state that in Vertigo
Scottie didn't need to dye Madeline's hair and drag her to the top of a tower to explore what would today be referred to as his "relationship issues."
Without a doubt, most of the conflict and drama of Solaris
is internal, which may seem odd to some for a drama set in outer space. However, one must get beyond this point and try to evaluate the film for what it is, rather than what it is not. I don't believe that this is one of Soderbergh's best films, but I do think that it is more interesting and thought-provoking that this review gave it credit for. It is certainly very different than the movie it seems DVD Savant wishes he were reviewing. That's no fault of the filmmaker, though, and no fault of the film.