The Martian is Outta This World!

Well done Ridley Scott.

This movie is meant to be enjoyed on a large screen: I don’t care if you see it in the theater, or your friend’s 8-foot TV, but you should definitely watch it where you can sit in awe of the detail of the film. The special effects go unnoticed and the film easily transfers you to Mars where Mark Watney (Damon), a botanist, survives by making the unlivable planet livable.

I had only seen one preview prior to the viewing so what surprised me in watching was the stellar cast. I was operating under the notion that it would be Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, and Michael Pena. BUT then there was Jeff Daniels, Sean Bean, Kristen Wiig, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and my favorite, Donald Glover. I was happily surprised that the film wasn’t hyped as an all-star cast which often leaves the story feeling dull. The story itself was a blast – I would bet there are only a handful of people who do not enjoy movies about space-travel. It’s a story about a team and their connections – that they’ll sacrifice for the sake of each other.

And if I were to be critical, the one thing that was lacking was character arc. Watney is the same from beginning to end – he’s a goofball, he’s intelligent, and he takes one thing at a time. His teammates have no arc either: they want to save and protect each other. The story arc comes from the number of cast characters and what NASA decides to do about the situation: risk a whole team to save one man? Or save the other members who are already on their way home.

If you want to have a great night then I suggest you go to the theater, order popcorn and a beer, and prepare to be a pair of eyes on Mars.