A slow burn that never comprises it’s tone for a random moment of comedy. It’s contemplative, meditative, and imaginative. Solaris is more about the concept of being confronted with a situation and what it does to two lovers then being a full-blown Sci-Fi odyssey. The dialogue is exposition but mainly because it has to focus on the concepts.
You can tell that Tarkovsky was heavily influenced by the recently released 2001, but he never relies on it. Both films rely on a long run time to get their point across but Tarkovsky’s camera moves at a much slower pace so his film will require much more patience when viewing it.
What surprised me most was the almost nihilistic or maybe hopeless (pessimistic?) ending. It’s both tragic and beautiful, and ultimately perfect.