I'm a big soundtrack fan and I've heard a lot of fuss made about Daft Punk doing the music. However, I enjoy soundtracks more in the context of the film, so only download them after watching. In this case, I couldn't listen to another song until I got home to download it. Then it was like audio heroin.
This movie was one of the most beautiful works of art to see. The framing, setting and down to the subtle movements of every character seemed to be placed just right. Mostly, you see people attempting to make a few art imagines to bring out certain scenes. This felt like the whole film. Set to that audio heroin. Of course the action and effects were amazing. That will entertain even the dullest baboon that sits through the movie. But when put against the artistic care and music, it soaks into the movie like brandy into cake.
The storyline is classic without being overdone, even while keeping the allegorical and technical ideals in mind. What works is that the story is simple, yet powerful, and stands out of the way of how it is being told through the images and music. Even the moments of levity are delivered with casual ease. There is no overdone bimbo...though one should always be wary of fellows who wield disco sticks.
Of course the story is soaked in sci-fi references, but the one that sticks out, intentional or not, was the one for The Last Starfighter in the second half of the movie.
The most powerful points I can sum up fast: There hasn't been a movie this philosophically relevant since the Matrix or morally relevant since A.I.