Like Stars on Earth
I'm always a little sceptical of international movies due to the fact
that they have generally been hand picked by the movie studios for
profit instead of breaking the traditional Hollywood mould and offering
something left out of centre.
Unfortunately this DVD, Like Stars on
Earth, is one of these hand picked movies that neither offers the
viewer anything new in terms of content or challenge and has been done
before across the globe in similar movies.
The story itself revolves around 8-year old Ishaa Ishaan who sees the
world differently than his parents and the rest of the world, rather he
sees the world for its majesty and wonder in an almost Austic way,
however quite natural. This causes him to have a disjointed
view on the world, especially how he reacts to the norms of society and
when his grades start to fail at school, his parents decide to send him
off to boarding school.
Hopefully at boarding school, his lazy nature will be rectified,
nevertheless when he arrives, he is soon taken under the wing by an
inspirational art teacher who helps Ishaa unleash his inner self and
that being different is okay, especially in a world that is dictated by
boundaries and regulations.
Of course the cinematography of the movie does help in raising the bar
for this movie which is quite surreal and earthy at times and helps draw
you into Ishaa's tale of woe and despair which of course leads to an
unfortunate yet predictable happy ending, however for what it's worth,
Like Stars on Earth is still an enjoyable film.
With good video and audio quality, the movie also boasts some special
features like commentary by the Director and some additional features to
nicely compliment the main movie.
Interesting probably best sums up this movie quite well.
Feature Audio Commentary