One of the benefits of film is that it is a visual media, and that means that it can do in a frame what it might take a book several pages to pull off. Where we see this the most is in its ability to build worlds in front of our eyes.
These worlds could be great space operas that explore galaxies, or a small period piece that looks back in time, or anything. But when every part of the film is being used to tell a story, you know it is good.
So without further ado, these are films that showed excellence in Worldbuilding 2019. Be warned that there may be some slight spoilers ahead for the films in question, also you can click on the banners to go to the full reviews.
TL;DR – At its core is an interesting idea, however, it is populated by the most unlikable characters in cinema at the moment
Score – 1.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
If you have read any of my reviews you will know I am a fan of Science Fiction.
I love exploring the future and what it could be, I love interesting ideas and
concepts, and I love the idea of exploring the universe. Today’s movie The Wandering Earth out of China does
all of that and more. However as I walked out of the cinema I was not elated, instead,
frankly, I was disappointed in how
someone could squander such a good idea.
So to set the scene, at some point in the near future the Sun decides that it
is ready to turn into a red giant now rather than billions of years from now
and humanity has a choice. They can sit there and die as the Sun expands, or
they can do something about it. They choose the latter
and build hundreds of engines across the planet so that they can move the Earth
to the Alpha Centauri system. To make sure nothing goes wrong they build a
large space station that travels ahead of Earth to warn them of any danger. The
one threat is that before they leave the Solar System they need to perform a
gravity assist boost around Jupiter, but then it seems that Jupiter was not
ready to let go. As all of this is happening Liu Peiqiang (Wu Jing) the senior astronaut
on the Space Station has to watch helplessly as his son Liu Qi (Qu Chuxiao), father-in-law Han Zi’ang (Ng Man-tat), and adopted
daughter Han Duoduo (Zhao Jinmai) are caught outside in the emergency and are marshalled
into helping the Earth stave off disaster.