The Movie: 7/10
Women are awesome. It’s true. It’s undeniable. It’s not necessary for Fast Color to try to tip toe around it and try to sneak that in as it’s underlying theme. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the movie. It’s pretty cool, reasonable characters, looks nice, tells a story I was interested in, and yet that almost passive aggressive way of delivering the message is a bit of a drag.
At one point a group of men are literally storming a door that a character “closes” in their face followed by some comment about it being a new world. I get it. We all get it. I agree, women are the solution to many problems in the world. The problem is, when I am thinking that you are trying to really really really really hammer this idea into my head with a feather for most of the story and then a sledge hammer to bring it all home, the movie watching experience suffers.
As for the quality of the different elements, the performances are good and the combination of reality mixed with some kind of supernatural/unnatural/super power thing is OK. I am not really sure what else to say. It’s about the power of women being suppressed and disregarded, and because getting that idea across is seems more important to the filmmaker, it overshadows the potential to make this an interesting, challenging, enlightening story. It’s not.
Overall I did enjoy it, and yet it left a kind of “ho hum” impression on my movie watching brain.
- Audio Commentary With Writer/Director Julia Hart & Writer Producer Jordan Horowitz
- A Mothers Power: Making Fast Color Featurette (5 Minutes) – A quick look at the making of the film. Lots of interviews with the cast and crew and also the obligatory look at the costume designer.
- Blu-ray & Digital Copy
Audio & Video: 8/10
Fast Color comes to Blu-ray courtesy of Lionsgate using a 1080P transfer that preserves the look of the theatrical release. Fast Color is an indie movie with a low budget but the transfer and cinematography think otherwise. The film looks great start to finish with a lovely color pallette that portrays the world without water quite well. Shadow detail is impressive and close ups are sharp and detailed.
The Dolby 5.1 TrueHD track is precise and powerful. The movie is not a big Marvel superhero movie more of an indie drama that happens to have superheroes in it. LFE is used during a couple of sequences and dialog is exceptionally clear throughout.
Overall Score 7/10