Genre Grandeur – The Martian (2015) – MovieRob – Encore Review


Sci-FiFor this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Sci-Fi, here’s a review of The Martian (2015) by me

Thanks again to Natasha of Life of This City Girl for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Dan of Slipthrough Movies We will be reviewing our favorite Crime Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of February by sending them to criminaldan@movierob.net  Try to think out of the box! Great choice Dan!

Let’s see what I thought of this movie:

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martian2015-2“They say once you grow crops somewhere, you have officially colonized it. So, technically, I colonized Mars. In your face, Neil Armstrong! ” – Mark Watney

Number of Times Seen – 2 (11 Dec 2015 and 27 Jan 2016)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – After being stranded on Mars following an accident that caused his crew members to presume him to be dead, an astronaut must find a way to survive on the desolate planet until a rescue mission can

My Take on it – After seeing this movie for the first time last month, I knew that I had to watch it again, but was also completely psyched to read the book too since I heard it was even better than the movie (is that possible? a book better than a movie?)

Anyway,  after reserving the book at the library and halfheartedly looking for a copy whenever I was at a book store, I finally bought a copy last week and started reading it on Saturday morning.

I couldn’t put it down and by Sat night had read nearly 300 pages of it.

I was so enthralled by it and despite seemingly technical explanations of so many things, I still enjoyed it immensely.

After that, I only managed to read about 30 pages a day and finally finished it on Wednesday and IMMEDIATELY watched the film.

This is such a great adaptation despite the stories having some major differences between them.

The changes made for the screen tho were mostly all necessary because the trying to translate all the mishaps to the screen would seem completely far-fetched eventhough they feel right at home in the book.

Matt Damon does a wonderful job of bringing Mark Watney’s personality to the screen.  We get his wry sense of humor and sarcasm along with his charm and optimism which makes us root for his survival the whole way thru.

This is one of the best lone man performances and is almost as great as Tom Hanks’ portrayal in Cast Away (2000).

Damon unfortunately won’t have a chance to win Best Actor this year a the Oscars since everyone knows that Leo is a shoo-in for it no matter what anyone says or does.

Ridley Scott does an amazing job directing this movie and he was definitely wrongfully snubbed by The Academy for Best Director.  It’s been a few years since he did such a great job and it is his time for recognition.

After so many poor attempts, Hollywood has finally gotten a Mars rescue movie right and we all can be grateful that Damon and Scott helped make it happen.

Still unclear as to why the Golden Globes called this one a comedy 🙂

Bottom Line – What a great lone man performance by Damon who shines throughout.  His charm, humor and optimism carry the movie while we silently pray that he somehow survives.  I liked the way the script was trimmed down from the original book because on the screen so many mishaps would have been just too much.  Scott was definitely snubbed here by the Academy since he does an amazing job directing this film; it is one of his best in years. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  The “steely-eye missile man” is a reference to flight controller John Aaron’s actions following two lightning strikes to the Apollo 12 rocket in its first minute after liftoff. The electrical surge caused numerous problems in the telemetry system of the craft, which if unresolved would force a mission abort. Aaron recognized the telemetry problem as similar to one seen in testing a year before, and advised that the crew to switch the Signal Conditioning Electronics (SCE) system to the auxiliary position. This control was so obscure that neither the Capsule Commander, nor the Mission Commander knew what, or even where it was, but pilot Alan Bean did, following Aaron’s advice. Altering the setting immediately fixed the problem, allowing the mission to continue. Aaron’s quick, calm, and effective response to the crisis earned him the appellation, widely considered to be the highest praise possible within NASA. This can also be a reference to the 1995 movie Apollo 13. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original review)

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