30 October 2015

Movie Review: The Martian

Firstly, I want to say that my guest review for Adventure of the Creeping Man, as well as my "interview" have been posted on Book Bloggers International. Thank you, guys!  
 

            Now to the review... which contains some spoilers.
 
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My brother and I watched The Martian for the second time last night, and now I want to talk about it. And I know, I know, this is a book blog, but rules are meant to be broken, and The Martian is the perfect exception. Don't even look at it as a proper review. This is just me going on and on about how much I love this movie.

The Martian is a fantastic movie. Aside from doing justice to Andy Weir's great novel, this is a well-written, well-acted, well-directed film with great editing and the perfect soundtrack. Hands down, it's the best movie I have seen in years.

I liked the book, and was curious when the movie came out. But I really owe to my brother who saw The Martian first and told me how much he loved it. Seriously, the best promotion a movie can have is a good word of mouth. 

It's so intense, that even though you know what's going to happen in the next scene because you've read the book, you're still sitting at the edge of your seat and biting your nails. But what I love the most about The Martian is the humour and the overall tone of the movie. This is a feel-good movie that fills you up with hope. Whether it's Mark Whatney's positive, cocky attitude or the Lord of the Rings jokes, this movie will make you happy. I'm not kidding, for the most part, I sat there with a huge grin on my face. My only regret was that I didn't become a physicist so I could work for NASA or ESA.   

The novel was adapted into a screenplay by screenwriter Drew Goddard, and he did a terrific job. From what I heard, he was also supposed to direct, but that job went to Ridley Scott instead. Scott's latest films have been pretty mediocre, but with The Martian, he shows that he's still a force to be reckoned with. This is my favourite Ridley Scott movie since Alien.

The visuals are breathtaking, the 3D is great and Matt Damon is the perfect Mark Whatney. Whatney has the most positive outlook on life, even when things get really shitty, and Damon nails it in his performance. I cannot find anything negative about this film. Gave it 10 starts on IMDB. Buying it on Blueray when it comes out.

If you haven't seen this film yet, see it now. You'll thank yourself :)

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