Ex Machina is written and directed by Alex Garland. And has become a critical success, and is loved by all. That's great and all, and I'm happy a smaller movie like this gets more attention, but people have called it a masterpiece and I don't think it's that good. I think it's really good, and a really impressive first film from Garland, that I am looking forward to see his next project, but it's not a fantastically amazing movie.
But I will say that this is the best looking movie I have seen so far. The shot compositions, colors, camera movement, and overall style, is great and it's nice eye candy. And the score is just absolutely amazing, it's my favorite score of the year so far. It has this futuristic vibe, with the synths, and just captures the tone and feel you get from the movie, and it just gives me chills every time I listen to it.
It's an incredibly interesting story to watch, and I always wanted to see where the story was going. It brings up a lot of ideas and it wants you to think about it, although it doesn't really do a lot with them. It has the ideas there, but that's as far as it goes, it could have gone further with them, but I kind of like that it didn't because it allowed me to think about them. Which is always a sign of a good movie. I did have some complaints with the story, specifically the ending. Character motivations and choices don't make complete sense, that's all I could say to not spoil the movie.
Now, Oscar Isaac is really good, and his performance fleshed out the character more and he's entertaining and fun to watch. And I love the contrast of him being a really smart guy, but also acts like a frat boy. Domhnall Gleeson's performance, however, was bland. He didn't feel like an actual person, he felt more like just a human that was presented to us in order to tell this story. And it's a shame because this is out main character, and the one we follow for the entire movie.
Also, there are a lot of what I like to call beauty shots. These are shots that look great, but show no real purpose, with the exception of one about a painting. But they served more like transitions and that was odd. And there are also title cards, that work as chapters. It just cuts to a black screen with white lettering, sometimes this effect is cool, but other times it felt like it shouldn't have been there. Like the movie just stopped so we can read that. I feel like there could have been a better way to incorporate that into the film.
Overall a well paced, slow moving, think tank that I really liked. You could almost say that I love it.