Updated: Apr 9
I recently flew back from Sri Lanka and immersed myself in a few movies on the flight. Ad Astra was one of them. I have seen Brad in a few recent impressive films and was looking forward to another thrill. I must start by saying that outer space movies are not my favourite genres, but the graphics and realism of this film were truly beautiful.
The idea of the world ended is a worry for us all, and the interest for outer life is in every viewer's interest. I thoroughly enjoyed their view of the future. Seeing the moon as a 'joyride' experience, almost as theme park with visitors going and coming every day was shocking, but real in my mind, and depicted in a great way by the director. Our desire, need and hope to always 'want' more as humans came across strongly for me as a viewer and I felt the director's narrative was creatively interesting. The passion between son and father was also compelling and moving to watch between Brad and Tommy Lee Jones.
Where I enjoyed the graphics and visual effects, feeling the gunfights and the drawing camera angles as they explore the ship's horrors, I was less enthusiastic about the ending of the film. I thought the notion that Tommy had been living out by Jupiter by himself for all those years ruined the realism for me as I found it rather hard to believe he would still be alive. Brad then releasing him into the atmosphere and returning home, alive, I struggled to confide in.
The round off of the film was emotional and gave true meaning to me that we always believe the grass is always green. A good watch for emotive feelings and radical thoughts!
BORE FACTOR - 2.5