Review: Supernova is worth seeing for Colin Firth, Stanley Tucci

Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci are two veteran actors with more awards in their trophy cabinets than you can shake an Oscar at, and they are now together on screen in a new film called Supernova.

My expectations for this Supernova were stratospheric. The opportunity to see these two marvellous actors in such an intimate and emotional story, and while Supernova never quite reached those heights, there is so much big-screen nourishment to be had. 

The pair play Tusker (Tucci) and Sam (Firth), a couple of more than 20 years hitting the road in their well-preserved campervan and into the gorgeous autumnal English countryside on a long overdue trip down memory lane.

We come to know them through their gentle back-and-forth between driver and navigator, their warm banter gently percolating over their many years together is a delight to witness.

It becomes clear very quickly that their holiday is heavily laden with a sadness that permeates their every moment. Tusker is ill, and both men are dealing with that knowledge in completely different ways.

There are too many beautiful moments here to render Supernova missable, but the structure of the narrative allowed some of the more impactful elements of the story seep away which took the shine a little off for me.

Most certainly well worth the ticket price for these two fine actors alone.  

Three-and-a-half stars.