Genre Guesstimation – Ad Astra (2019) – Encore Review

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Rebecca of Almost Ginger and we will be reviewing our favorite Travel Film.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Apr by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Rebecca!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Travel Film……

“Here we go again. Fighting for resources. What the hell am I doing here?” – Roy McBride

Number of Times Seen – Twice (5 Oct 2019 and 12 Apr 2021)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – An astronaut is sent on a secret mission to the edge of the solar system in order to try and stop a rogue hero who is inadvertently causing damage on Earth.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing when it came out and loved the way it feels on the big screen.

The story is quite cerebral and the mix of drama with a pinch of sci-fi works so well here.

The future they have created here feels quite realistic and plausible and that helps make things so much more enjoyable to watch.

Brad Pitt does a wonderful job in the lead role and his narration helps keep the silent story informative as things progress.

The pacing is deliberately slow and there are scenes where that helps the story yet there are ones that are detrimental to it also.

Unfortunately, something is missing here that would have propelled it to a much more powerful level, but despite this, it still manages to stay engaging throughout.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to James Gray, Natasha Lyonne lives in the same building as him and invited herself to dinner while the movie was in pre production. When he explained the film he was working on she insisted on being a part of it leading to Gray offering her a brief cameo in the film. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Comes really close. Nicely presented futuristic drama that feels quite plausible and realistic, but something is missing that would make it more powerful.

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (no change from original review)


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2 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – Ad Astra (2019) – Encore Review

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