At the movies with Grunt Style
Grunt Style Rating: 4 out of 5 Fucks Given
Welcome to at the movies with Grunt Style. If you haven’t been living under a rock, you’ve heard about the new film, The Martian starring Matt Damon. The best catch-phrase from the trailer is “I’m gonna have to science the shit outta this”. And science the shit out of it Damon does as an abandoned astronaut on Mars. Directed by Ridley Scott, this is a film you’ll want to see.
Damon plays Mark Watney, an astronaut presumed dead on the surface of Mars during a major storm. The rest of the crew leaves the planet before the storm kills them too but there’s a catch…Watney isn’t dead. Left on his own, he must figure out a way to stay alive using only the supplies he has on hand. NASA obviously can’t hop on a shuttle and just go pick him up so he’ll have a lot of work to do in order to stay alive long enough to get rescued.
Sounds pretty lonely and boring (and at times, it is) but Watney is the guy you’d want with you if stranded on a deserted wasteland. His log entries make you feel like you’re experiencing the whole situation with him. Watney’s quick with a joke and keeps himself entertained (albeit with way too much disco music). Watney is a botanist and an engineer so his skills are the perfect ones to have if you’re stuck on Mars. Not only is Watney a hilarious smart ass, but if you’re into the science of how to stay alive on Mars, this film will keep all you nerds occupied. Even if science isn’t your thing, it’ll be interesting enough to keep your attention.
Aside from Damon, the all-star cast is split into two teams, the crew on their way home from Mars and the NASA team back on earth. They find out Watney is alive and work tirelessly to save him. The crew is rounded out with Jessica Chastain as the commander, Kate Mara, and Sebastian Stan (who we all know as the Winter Soldier). The NASA team back on earth features Jeff Daniels as the director of NASA, Kristen Wiig, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Maybe they wanted to focus on Watney’s emotions primarily because everyone else in the film lacked any real emotion or depth. I thought Wiig would had more comic moments but she basically stands around and looks worried the whole movie. Not much there. You’d think the crew that left him behind would show a little more heart as well but they were also slightly robotic performances. As far as the film as a whole, expect a lot of heart-felt moments and teary-eyed scenes. But it’s all from Watney’s point of view. It won’t win any best picture awards but it’s a film for all seasons.
Official Trailer from 20th Century Fox.
For all the fans of The Martian as a book, you have every right to be skeptical. But as someone who’s experienced both, the book was a non-stop thrill and so is the film. Sure, from book to film things are left out and cut for time in true hollywood fashion, but the film is still pretty good. Expect the differences and enjoy the movie for it’s own art.
One huge spoiler, Sean Bean is in this film as a NASA flight director on earth. I waited the entire movie for his death scene that never happened. What a let down. I thought for sure a bus would hit him at some point but no, he lives. I’m sure it was cut out of the script for time or something. Maybe it’ll be on the director’s cut. To see all of Sean Bean’s deaths check out the video below.
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