Ad Astra (2019)


“So many times in my life I screwed up: I’ve talked when I should’ve listened, I’ve been harsh when I should’ve been tender. ” – Roy McBride

Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Oct 2019)

Brief Synopsis – in the near future, an astronaut is sent on a mission to find a spaceship that lost contact years earlier while traveling to Neptune that was commanded by his father.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve been interested in seeing ever since I heard about it a few months ago.

The premise is great and stays intriguing throughout despite the fact that the story moves at a deliberately slow pace.

The way that they present the politics and world of the future comes across as being quite plausible and the added fact that they are able to keep things mysterious works really well.

Brad Pitt is superb in the lead role and shows the complex way of life that a astronaut must lead in order to be able to continue his work and also deal with his psychological well being while trying to be both a pioneer and a hero.

This helps us care so much more about his character and all that he does.

The supporting cast is also great here and I really liked the way that they use famous actors in key parts that are relatively small yet don’t feel the need to allow any of these characters to overstay their welcome since the focus constantly remains on the main character throughout.

The special effects of the film are superbly done in a subtle way which helps allow for things to feel even more plausible as part of a near future  of our world.

The story stays quite mysterious which allows for some great surprises along the way to spin the story in directions we might not have expected.

The undoing of this film though is the fact that its pace is much too slow and perhaps if they had found a way to speed up some of the slow scenes, it would have been a much better film since there is so much more potential here for this story.

Bottom Line – Interesting premise that works even if things move much too slowly.  The politics and issues described seem quite plausible and the story finds a way to stay mysterious throughout. Pitt is great in the lead and allows for us to really care about his character as things move along.  The supporting cast is also great and they actually do a nice job keeping them in the story only when necessary without overstaying their welcome as long as they contribute to the advancement of the story.  The special effects are amazing because they help make this future seem even more realistic in the way that things work. The film find a way to keep surprising along the way which constantly makes things intriguing to watch unfold.  As mentioned earlier, the story moves a bit too slow and if they had found a way to speed things up a bit, it would have been so much better especially given the fact that this has so much more potential than is shown. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Brad Pitt in Ad Astra is the 6th cast member from the Ocean’s series to appear in an outer space movie; Don Cheadle in Mission to Mars (2000), George Clooney in Solaris (2002) and with Sandra Bullock in Gravity (2013), Matt Damon in The Martian (2015) and with Anne Hathaway in Interstellar (2014).  (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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2 thoughts on “Ad Astra (2019)

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  2. this one didn’t work for me because of the slow pace (and Pitt’s character’s 80 pulse rate). It was very slow salted with the occasional action scene, but you could tell from the trailer where it was going- which added to the tedious crawl to get there – and pretty much end as I thought it would. Pitt’s good, but unfortunately (for me) his lead is all inward, and self-contemplating and slow to boil and thoughtful (all those voice overs) and reminded me of Ryan Gosling in First Man, which didn’t work for the very same reasons. The lack of dynamism in your lead character. I can’t recommend this (even though it looked great on an IMAX screen)

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