Sam (Colin Firth) and Tusker (Stanley Tucci), partners of twenty years, are travelling across England in their old campervan visiting friends, family and places from their past. Following a life-changing diagnosis, their time together has become more important than ever until secret plans test their love like never before.
We begin on this journey with Sam and Tusker, and they are traveling’s across England inside an RV with their dog. Although we aren’t aware of what Tusker is going through, the emotions are high to start. When we begin to unpack what’s transpiring, Tusker informs Sam that he didn’t bring his pills with him and that he wants to enjoy this one last trip without the awareness of being sick.
Although he is supportive, helpful, and willing to do what it takes to preserve as much time as possible with Tusker, the trip and the sickness and the idea of being without him are starting to take a toll on Sam.
As a result of this emotionally charged story, our two leads chemistry is pivotal for the film to work. Tucci and Firth are a perfect pairing as they are as good as it gets in Hollywood. Tucci delights with his off-the-wall approach within this role of someone that is on the brink of death. Tusker was somewhat unpredictable throughout this film, and Tucci embodied that idea throughout.
In addition to that, Keaton Henson’s score throughout this film is beautiful. It’s as emotionally charged as the dialogue in hand. Throughout the film, it was well placed and carried portions of the movie, which shared minimal dialogue.
Later, as we unpack more and more of the story and witness, the emotions flare deeper and deeper, and while you are emotionally connected to the journey, I felt like how the story was layered is a bit off-kilter. You never stop caring about what’s to come, but you also find yourself a little disinterested in certain aspects of the film.
In closing, Tucci and Firth are both remarkable and have some fantastic scenes together that will wreck you, including a tremendous finishing dialogue. However, the film’s uneven nature loses you throughout to make this film stand out on a grander scale.
‘Stanley Tucci stands out while Supernova fails to connect the dots with its story.’