Forth’s Sam and Tussie’s Tusker have been together for decades, and are introduced on a cross-country trek in a beat-up vintage camper. This amounts to a final storm, with Tusker pushing his partner to listen to a piano, stopping to see the family on the way.
Both are very aware that the hourglasses they know are being revealed. The tusker’s condition is slowly deteriorating, sometimes in moments where he wanders or struggles to express ideas. He is mostly fine now, but his inevitable decline – and the unwanted possibility of “becoming a traveler” in his own body, as he says – loom over them like a shadow.
For Sam, the journey is inspired by the fact that he will soon become a full-time caretaker, a role for which he has committed himself yet scares her. “You are not in mourning anyone while they are still here,” Tusker said.
“Supernova” is not a great title for a film in that way – it’s a clever play by the pair’s interest in stargazing – though it’s oddly appropriate, as the two stars continue to wash things away when too much Not happening, which is most of the time. In that regard, the film joins a long roster of end-of-life romps, in which case feels like a slow motion.
Marking actor Harry McCain’s second writing effort, the British production doesn’t bother flashbacks or reminiscing too much about the couple’s relationship. All of that history comes in the form of casual exchanges and small gestures that reflect life together, as expressed by Firth and Tucci, whose real-life friendship certainly contributes to that shorthand. (The latter will be featured on the CNN Food and Travel Show, which premieres in February.)
As the film is understood, the sense of the situation comes loud and clear. While the pacing may have benefited from a few more detours or details, viewers have a very good understanding of where this road started and where it went.
The “supernova” is a minor output by any measurement, but it determines what to do: creating a tactile, low-key showcase for their stars, which allows them to cast a bright light.
“Supernova” was selected in theaters on January 29 and February 16 as per demand. Its evaluation r.