Alright! First review of the Academy Awards season. I’m hyped. Let’s get to it. A couple of days ago, I watched The Martian:
But it wasn’t what I thought it would be.
It was surprisingly light for a movie that had so many elements of drama in it. Rewatching the trailer, there are obviously indicators for that type of vibe – which I somehow missed. The situation didn’t feel as dire as I thought it would. It was more of a “oh fuck, I’m on Mars, how do I make this work?” vibe than it was a heavy, penultimate quest for survival. Which was nice.
The plot is fairly simple. Matt Damon – his character, not him. I’m guessing it would be a totally different movie if that were the case – gets left on Mars when his crew suddenly has to vacate the planet. He figures out a way, through a series of engaging events, to sustain his life on the planet, people launch a rescue event. That’s pretty much it. Does he get home? Does the crew come back to get him or is it another unit? Does Bruce Willis push Ben Affleck inside at the very last moment? That’s Armageddon. Watch the movie to find out.
One thing that intrigued me from The Martian was the soundtrack. It was very Guardians of the Galaxy-esque. Matt Damon’s character goes through one of his crew member’s bags and finds that the only music she brought was disco. So throughout the movie there was a running gag of Damon opining about the lack of musical selection and a subsequent sequence of scenes with action set to some iteration of disco. It wasn’t bad. It fit for the movie. But it felt constructed for the movie. Which I hope doesn’t become a thing post success of Guardians.
It’s actually a fairly deep cast. There’s Kirsten Wiig, Donald Glover (arguably doing his best Abed), Kate Mara, Sean Bean, and more.
If, like me, you are stuck inside over the course of the next week because of snow days or days off or sick days or whatever, it’s definitely worth a rental. It’s a solid action movie with a science fiction theme (depending on how much of the science in the movie was legit) that features engaging graphics and scenery, with solid performances throughout.