Oblivion was on one of the movie channels last night, so I watched again for the fourth time. I tried to watch it in a way that I could identify what it was that made it grow on me so much.
I wasnt a big fan the first time, but even watching it critically last night, despite it's unarguable faults, my opinion of it went up once again.
I think what I hadn't seen before is that behind the Sci-Fi aspect, this is purely a love story. And a pretty good one at that. Love remembered, love found, love tragically lost, and finally love found again.
The sets and CGI are really top notch, the color of the movie is also really good. It's been a while since we've had daylight Sci-Fi, and the whole film is very easy on the eyes, as are the lead actresses.
Finally, and I think this is key, is the soundtrack drives this movie so well. The recurring theme throughout the movie is like little DNA strips that tease you until being realized by the absolutely perfect end credits song by M83 and Susanne Sundfør.
In the end, the movies I like best are the movies that move me, even a little. Most of my favorite movies are probably technically better than Oblivion, but I'm never going to be snobbish, and I'll listen to my gut. I'm going to wait a month and watch it again. If I still feel the same way, Oblivion is going to have a place in my favorites.