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People mostly remember how dark this thing is, and while that's certainly true the movie is also much smarter than a lot of fantasy from this era. There's wizards and magic and a dragon but there's also subtle commentary. No wonder George RR Martin is so fond of this movie.
Gray isn't afraid to defy expectations even with the larger budget. It's a melancholy art house film dressed up as a standard sci-fi thriller. Yes humanity is in space but all our baggage and hang-ups are coming with us.
An interesting series of ideas that never fully take shape. There's the shared familial trauma, Christmas, and of course the titular devil locked in a basement. Each of these threads inherently have tension and meaning but they just aren't ever connected in a satisfying way.
Setting aside the fact that the movie's influence is massive, "Persona" remains a gorgeous and intimate experience, as much about watching films as it is a character study. Andersson and Ullmann give towering, absolutely perfect performances.
Travolta is obviously miscast but its not as distracting as I feared. Overall its a solid remake that, while not as good, still updates the original in interesting ways.