Juan Diego Solanas
Turns out however, I was wrong about UPSIDE DOWN. While not a perfect film, it's a pretty darn good one and something that deserved a better reception than it ended up getting (although our own Jimmy O loved it and is actually quoted on the Blu-ray cover). The way the two worlds are depicted is visually striking, and I wish I had gotten the chance to see this in 3D as it probably would have made the effect all the more impressive (a 3D version is included on the Blu-ray, but I don't have that setup). Yes, it takes some getting used to as many of the most important characters in the film, including scene-stealing co-star Timothy Spall and Dunst herself- spend most of their early scenes in the movie being shown upside down. It's a bit vertigo inducing, but it's certainly unconventional and bold, and the overall look of the film is stunning.
UPSIDE DOWN also benefits from strong performances from the two stars. While Sturgess' opening narration felt forced, his performance itself is excellent, and Dunst has rarely looked lovelier. Once Sturgess starts experimenting with anti-gravity matter that allows him to cross between the two worlds, the film starts getting really interesting, leading a couple of interesting set pieces, with him only able to spend a short amount of time up above without bursting into flames.