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After Yang Movie Review

We have Colin Farrell, who played the Penguin in the Batman film, looking unrecognizable. He’s now starring in After Yang, a futuristic family drama. Here is the After Yang Movie Review.

Should you keep an eye on the After Yang SHOWTIME quiet near-future drama Movie? Let’s find out.

After Yang Movie Review

Directed by Kogonada, The After Yang movie tells a story In the near future, of a family that reckons with questions of love, connection, and loss after their A.I. helper unexpectedly breaks down.

When Yang, a lifelike, artificially intelligent android that Jake and Kyra buy as a companion for their adopted daughter, abruptly stops functioning, Jake just wants him repaired quickly and cheaply. But having purchased Yang “certified refurbished” from a now-defunct store, he’s led to different specialists, who discovers that Yang was actually recording memories turning Jake’s quest into one of existential introspection. 

Now, this runs the risk of being style over substance with a high number of beautiful shots and the quiet scenes, it certainly sits more in that art house drama genre than anything you’re going to find blowing up at IMAX.

Colin Farrell is wonderful. I see both grieves and obsesses over the loss of their life like I Android child, and there’s a good amount of ceremony shown here. I mean, even without explanation, Farrell owns this tea shop, so we see many scenes of him just preparing the tea, and he does it with such great care.

There’s even a compelling dialogue about tea, but really, it gives way more insight into Ferrell’s character than really having to do with the tea itself. It also speaks to his relationship with Yang, showing the emotional connection that was shared between the characters.

Now the aspect ratios change in order to give us visual clues of how certain scenes are being carried out. Normally the film is presented in a letterbox format, but because this is like a near-future story, the characters do some sort of video chat and then the perspective changes to almost a one to one ratio.

The film doesn’t explain how the video chats work because they don’t look like they’re actually talking on a screen and it’s a very immersive experience because the characters than just speak directly to the camera. I mean, it makes them look like they are speaking right to us as the audience.

The score is orchestral and it’s calm, almost melancholy through a lot of it. Now it fits with the overall tone and the pace really well, I think. The whole movie is pretty sombre too, and Farrell’s performance, it’s reserved, which then keeps right in line with the rest of the tone of the movie.

I love the cinematography. There is this muted hue to the colors, which also are more earthy and drab, but I still think they’re wonderful to watch. It sounds weird to say, but the color palette actually matches the quietness of the story.

I’m not sure if that really makes sense or if that’s the best way to describe it, but there’s just a calming effect that the visuals have that then worked together with the score and the pace.

And it’s quiet, slow, maybe even repetitive, as we just watch memories relived and rewatched. This doesn’t make it boring, but it does make the time progress slowly.

It’s 96 minutes long, but you feel the time for at least the first half of the film and the crux of the story really comes about halfway through, Meaning that you have to watch without much pay off or explanation and then it will finally begin to build something compelling.

I like the journey Ferrell’s character undertakes as he dives more into Yang’s memories and it’s a good surprise what is uncovered in that journey. And there’s a story there that I didn’t expect or didn’t see coming.

The special effects look great as there’s a visualization of memories in this virtual space and it looks similar to a solar system but with the stars arranged in neatly organized rows so that they can be accessed easily.

The story begins to ask deep questions about, what makes someone human or it examines what living truly means.

When this started out, I wasn’t really clicking with the story, but as it went along and I got more sucked into the emotional journey that we watched play out for feral, I then found myself captivated. And this isn’t flashy or big, but the subtle and quiet storytelling can be very entrancing if you let it. 

To be honest I didn’t love the beginning and I actually struggled to get connected to the narrative after Yang turns out to be a beautifully told story of love.

The way memories are utilized for the storytelling creates an engaging and touching tale of family. And while the presentation combined with the slower story Threatened to be more style over substance, if you stick with this arthouse emotional character journey, there is a satisfying payoff overall.

There’s no sex, nudity or violence, but there is a little bit of profanity.

I am going to give the After Yang movie 3.5 / 5.

Are there any near future movies that have really grabbed you? I think always back to robot and Frank. I just love that relationship. But let me know what you think in the comments below.

Guys thank you so much as always for reading the review of the After Yang Showtime Movie. See you next time.

After Yang Showtime Movie Trailer

A young girl’s loving machine-companion becomes unresponsive in a society where robots serve as live-in babysitters. However, while her father seeks for a solution, he discovers that his relationships with his wife and daughter are also in need of repair. Colin Farrell and Jodie Turner-Smith star in this film.

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