I was almost kept away from watching this because it's received such harsh reviews. I am glad I ignored them. So, yes, this is visually stunning, but what critics seem to be saying is that's where it ends — the rest does not hold together. I disagree. I think this is just immensely subtle. It's a rare film where it requires of its viewers they be still and quiet, open and receptive, even contemplative. I found myself very drawn in, and I also felt myself very much identifying with Franco's character, Tomas. And I cared very much about him and about Kate and Christopher, especially. And I believe Roger Ebert always said that if you can see yourself in the characters, if you find yourself caring about them, if you are engaged and swept up by this film as Wenders intended with its gloomy, sad, deep visual texture, then it does have something important to say. In many ways it could be characterized as having symbolic moments, and that's fine. And Wenders' use of 3D is very different from, say, a Michael Bay movie, and that's not bad at all! I would recommend this to anyone who needs a quiet respite and will give the film such attention. It might even ask something of yourself you need to address.