Review: Supernova

“You’re not supposed to mourn someone before they die.”


Supernova brings together the acting powerhouses of Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth in what is a simply beautiful love story dealing with a very difficult subject of when a partner becomes ill. Supernova handles it with such authenticity and care, that you simply can’t turn you eyes away from the screen.

It is deep Autumn and Sam and Tusker, partners of twenty years, are on holiday.

They are travelling across England in their old campervan visiting friends, family and places from their past. Since Tusker was diagnosed with young-onset dementia two years ago their lives have had to change. Jobs have been given up and plans put on hold. Their time together is now the most important thing they have.

As the trip progresses however, their individual ideas for their future begin to collide. Secrets are uncovered, private plans unravel and their love for each other is tested like never before. Ultimately, they must confront the question of what it means to love one another in the face of Tusker’s irreparable illness.

Harry Macqueen has brought to the screen one of the most poignant films you will see this year with Supernova. A film that focuses on the love between two people dealing with a earth shattering illness and how their lives breakdown, but are filled with the time they have left, rather than focusing on their sexuality makes a refreshing change. The cinematography from Dick Pope is magnificent also as the couple traverse the Lake District in a camper van on weary road trip as the dementia takes hold.

Firth and Tucci are simply incredible in their roles and it’s a travesty that they didn’t receive any major nominations during awards season. Tucci in particular, as he delicately decends as the dementia takes hold, is one of the greatest actors of this generation and if you needed a reason why then Supernova will give you an entire 93 minutes worth and you’ll be pondering both performances long after you’ve left the cinema.

Supernova is just that, increasing in brightness before the inevitable explosion and the it dying out, however, this Supernova will burn for a long, long time.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Supernova is released in cinemas Friday 25th June 2021

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