Movie: The Martian (2015)

Posted 27 April, 2016 by Lianne in Entertainment / 8 Comments

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet.

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I finally got around to reading the book by Andy Weir last year (review) and greatly enjoyed it. Admittedly, it was watching the first trailer to the movie adaptation starring Matt Damon and Jessica Chastin that prompted me to pick the book up sooner rather than later πŸ˜› Contains spoilers if you haven’t watched the movie or read the book!

From what I recall of the book and watching the movie, the movie is pretty close to the book, which was great. Of course a lot of the day to day struggles were condensed and some of the details on the science were crunched considerably but the results are nonetheless show on-screen on how Mark deals with each problem before him. And I’ve mentioned it before but you really have to be smart to survive the kinds of problems that Mark faces on Mars. It’s stressful to watch how obstacle after obstacle keeps coming Mark’s way–poor guy can’t watch a break!–but it’s not a dull experience to watch him as he figures out his next moves. The pacing really works here that things aren’t moving too fast or too slow and some of the reveals that were made were presented in such a way that left even a book reader like myself scrambling to remember what Mark did at so-and-so point or what he was searching for. The camera angles and different uses of media and approaches to get Mark to discuss what he’s thinking and how he’s solving the problem on hand–using the video blogging, dashcam, thinking out loud–also helped in varying the presentation of the overall story.

I love how this movie really brought the story to life, especially with its cast. It’s a fantastic line-up, really, like how Mark’s crewmates were brought to life in the screentime they had. The humour that the NASA and JPL teams had and the varying rapport they had to each other was great, especially to off-balance the dangers that Mark was facing. Oh, and hey Sean Bean! His presence amongst the cast made the scene with Rich Purnell and the comments about “Project Elrond” even more hilarious πŸ˜€

But Matt Damon was especially fantastic in portraying Mark Watney and his experiences on Mars. From being pretty much on his own for a good chunk of the film to the easy rapport we’ve seen bits off throughout the movie to his frustrations with his problems on hand and his relief when he first makes contact with Earth again–you really feel it.

There’s nothing much else I can really say about this movie except I really enjoyed it! I thought it was very well done, from the seamless CGI of the Martian landscape to the music (keeping Commander Lewis’ love of disco music) to the structure of the Hermes. The cast was awesome, the story was in keeping with the book, the pacing was just right and was especially suspenseful in the last twenty-thirty minutes. I cannot recommend it enough!

Rating: ★★★★★

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8 Responses to “Movie: The Martian (2015)”

  1. I committed a bookish sin with this, in that I saw the movie without having read the book! *hides* The bf wanted to see it and so did I so I broke the rules LOL! I really enjoyed it too and if anything, it REALLY made me want to read the book so I can compare now πŸ˜€ Awesome review, glad you loved this too^^

    • Aww, that’s okay! I’ve done it on occasion as well πŸ˜‰ This was such a great movie, and a great adaptation too, happy to hear you enjoyed it too! I hope you enjoy the book when you get to it as it explains a lot of what Mark was doing, etc. πŸ™‚

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