Director: Sam Esmail
Cast: Justin Long – Dell, Emmy Rossum – Kimberly, Kayla Servi – Stephanie, Eric Winter – Josh
My Rating: 5/5
Where to begin? This movie inspired me to start blogging about scenes that I love so that I can remember what inspired me in my films. And to think that I stumbled across Comet by accident. I was looking for a movie I’d never seen, something independent, a breath of fresh air in a time where the only thing to watch is the rerun of Encino Man. Anyway, Comet’s poster caught my eye and it had a good IMDb rating and before I knew it I was 60 minutes in and was about to miss dinner.
Justin Long and Emmy Rossum are star-crossed lovers whose relationship blooms and unravels over the course of six years in this mysterious, dazzlingly original romance. When a chance encounter brings together the cynical Dell (Long) and the quick-witted Kimberly (Rossum), the stage is set for a tempestuous love affair that unfolds like a puzzle. As the film zigzags back and forth in time-from a meteor shower in LA, to an encounter in a Paris hotel room, to a fateful phone call-an unforgettable portrait of a relationship emerges. Sumptuously shot and boasting incredible chemistry between the leads, Comet is a one-of-a-kind cosmic love story. Written by IFC Films.
During my first watch, this scene blew me away. It inspired me to really consider everything in the frame. What the mood should be. What I’m experiencing right now or as Kim, played by Emmy Rossum, would say “no restrictions, just experience”. The red and blue light creates a beautiful effect as well as long shadows. The back and forth conversation between Dell (played by Justin Long) and Kimberly (played by Emmy Rossum) is entertaining as well as a reminder to live in the now because what you are looking for might be right in front of you.
This scene captured my attention for probably the most obvious of reasons. The mood is clearly dark and cold as you can see by the dim room and the slightly blue temperature of the scene. The red dress’s complete contrast of that mood is not lost of me but my favorite element of this scene is Kimberly’s position in the frame. Yes, she is in the right 2/3 of the frame but also her position is almost at the exact point the bottom of the frame meets the wall she is leaning on.
In this scene I love how the shots of Kimberly and Dell slightly break the 2/3 rule. In this shot the white curtains take up over 2/3 of the screen almost drawing your attention if it wasn’t for Kimberly wearing a black dress (a complete contrast of the curtains). The director challenges your vision and uses wide angle shots to make the characters stand out and pop off the screen.
In this wide angle shot, I again love the choice of contrasting colors (red pants vs. green wall) but I especially love how the background is rough but organized.
This actually may be one of my favorite movies that I stumbled upon while looking for something independent and fresh. of all time. From the story, casting, music, cinematography, direction, everything.