Note: Don’t worry reader, this post is spoiler-free.
So it’s been a week since The Martian was released in theaters. And being one of the films in my Fall list, I got together with my best bunch of friends who were equally excited for it and watched the movie together with them on Monday! Let me just say that it did not disappoint. It was the science fiction film we’ve always imagined it to be and here’s why:
Space, space and MORE space. If you’re like me and you just love the sight of stars in the distance, seeing Earth from outer space, and looking into the horizons of foreign planets, then you would already have 1 reason to love this film. I mean this film is just so visually stunning, it’s breathtaking (pun alert!).
If you know me, you would know that I fancy some laughter in life, and this automatically applies for the movies that I watch too. If you watched the trailer for The Martian, you would know that there are some humor in it. Well, I’m here to say that yup, the humor’s really good & well-placed. Matt Damon is just able to pull off those jokes really well.
3. Great Cast
And now that we’re on Matt Damon, how can we not talk about the great cast that this film possesses? Throughout the film, I just felt that every single actor & actress fits their role so well. The choice of casting Matt Damon as Mark Watney can be compared to casting Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark. And with the likes of Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Sebastian Stan, Kate Mara and even Sean Bean, we have this diverse cast of people that just adds to the film in their individual ways.
Okay, I’m not a scientist or an astronaut, but I got Google. And here’s one of the reasons why I enjoyed this film so much – it’s as realistic as it can get. Of course, it’s not a 100% accurate or realistic in terms of science (or botany) or whatever, but it’s realistic enough to be believable. And that is one huge factor that I look for in films like this because it helps you to be immersed into the experience that the movie is bringing you through. For The Martian, this realism really made the film more exciting and intense at some points.
Last but not least, what’s a great movie without a great plot and theme? The Martian portrays the good in humanity and the determination that we can all have, be it to survive or to help others. And it’s just awesome to watch as the entire world (in the film of course) is just looking towards that ONE man’s return to Earth. Not to mention all the main characters doing all that they can to bring Mark Watney home. And of course, the entire film centers itself on Watney’s refusal to give up on himself.
So that’s why I enjoyed The Martian! With all of the above, you get a movie experience that is so out of this world, you Mars catch it! (PUN!!)
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