Ad Astra (2019)


Ad Astra

To The Stars. I absolutely love space themed films and usually the smarter they are the more I enjoy it. They are the type of films that have me thinking long after viewing them. Especially when the film makes a commentary about humanity and the loneliness of it all. James Gray, the director of The Lost City of Z, returns here with a pretty marvelous looking space drama starring a very good Brad Pitt. While there are moments that dragged in the film, I have to say its a gorgeous thing to look at and is all around an invigorating watch.

The film is about a lonely astronaut who is sent on a mission in the distant future to go towards Neptune because of mysterious power surges that are become harmful to the planet Earth. It is suspected that this man’s (named Roy McBride) father is alive and could be responsible. Roy leaves all of what he knows behind on this dangerous mission and along the way questions his emotional and psychological state. The film also stars Tommy Lee Jones.

The film is a definite slow burner. I’ve had a long day myself so I felt my eyelids getting heavy but not at the films fault. Its slow and quiet but resonates in its silence. There’s a lot going on internally for the protagonist, and Pitt is fantastic in this quest as a reserved but determined man. The cinematagrophy and sound is just so sleek. It is a wonderful film to watch in IMAX. I immediately praised the scene in the beginning where the camera looks down on Earth. Neptune and its rings were absolutely magnificent as well.

There are plot points that could have been done better for sure but I think the film is a space themed film that will grow in stature. I question some of the events in the film scientifically but still it presents visions of the solar system that seem so real. Also, the idea of the Moon and Mars being transport hubs seems like a thing that could happen with exploration and time. Its a smart film that goes above and beyond with its ambition and prediction for the future and yet jumps out with its loneliness and emotional weight about humanity. I will give this a rewatch as I’m sure it offers more on a second viewing.


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