October 3, 2015

The Martian

The Martian, 2015. An astronaut is stranded on Mars.

Directed by Ridley Scott. Written by Drew Goddard, based on a book by Andy Weir. Starring Matt Damon, with Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Sean Bean, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie, & Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Concept: A
Story: A
Characters: B
Dialog: B
Pacing: B
Cinematography: B
Special effects/design: A
Acting: A
Music: B
Enjoyment: They would have had to have messed this up pretty badly for me not to love it. They did not. It's faithful to the book, only simplifying or cutting things out for time. The book is much more effective, though (although maybe that's just because I didn't know what was going to happen). I really hope this new trend of science fiction movies that are actually science fiction keeps up. A+

GPA: 3.6/4

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