Making his directorial debut filming his own script wasn’t the only break Mark Solomon made with his previous work. Unlike the broad comedy he’s done before, LEVITY is a thought-provoking film that isn’t afraid to examine matters religious and moral in a world that offers few absolutes when it comes to right and wrong.
It was 7:30 in the morning on March 18, 2003 when I talked with Solomon about his film, but the early hour didn’t put a a dent in Solomon’s thoughtful introspection about his characters, the realities of filmmaking on a budget, or in his quick wit, the one that propelled his script for MEN IN BLACK I.
Ed Solomon wrote the scripts for MEN IN BLACK and BILL AND TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE. He’s not the guy from whom you’d expect a serious, thoughtful, even intriguing script that wrestles with the theological and philosophical questions of redemption. And yet, with LEVITY, his directorial debut, that’s just what he’s done.
LEVITY provides real substance without a holier-than-thou or, heavens forfend, a smarter-than-thou attitude. Solomon loves these characters and respects his audience. And when he’s done telling his story, he’s left that audience feeling a little more enlightened than before.