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The Martian

Posted on 2015.10.05 at 11:28
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I went to see The Martian last night. Thumbs all the way up! It was smart, well-acted, beautifully filmed with amazing special effects, had great touches of humor, and was an exciting edge-of-the-seat story even if one could kinda figure out it would turn out all right in the end. Ridley Scott did a great job directing this and cutting scenes just right so the story was told without dumbing it down, but also without letting the technical details bog it down. I was reminded of the movie Apollo 13, which I also loved in that the "enemy" (aside from some political stupidity) was really man against the laws of nature. The heroes are the MacGyver scientists who use an ability to solve problems in an unorthodox fashion, as well as teamwork with a common, altruistic goal. I was also so pleased to see a story in which "doing the math" and understanding real world physics and engineering was key. The solutions to the problems were amazing! There was a message there for all the people these days who are science-deniers, that in the end, the numbers don't lie and that the world can unite to do something good. Oh, and for us Tolkien geeks, there is an actual Tolkien reference in a scene with Sean Bean. Funny! And yay for a smart movie that doesn't rely on machine-gunning the bad guys at the end. Highly recommended.


heartofoshun at 2015-10-05 18:33 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the review. The title did not hook me. Thought about seeing a movie Yesterday and nothing showing in Brooklyn even mildly beckoned to me. I am so sick of comic-book movies in general.
elfscribe5 at 2015-10-05 23:33 (UTC) (Link)
Well, I really loved this one and it wasn't in the slightest bit comic book. People have called it Gravity meets Castaway and there's something to that, but both those were good movies and this one is right up there. I'm sure it'll be up for academy awards. I don't normally go to movies in the theater -- too expensive. But they had a special 3 p.m. showing that was only $4.25. Woo hoo. Totally worth it.
Jaiden S
jaiden_s at 2015-10-05 22:01 (UTC) (Link)
The hubby wants to see this, so I'll go with him. To be honest, the only reason I'm even remotely interested is Sebastian Stan.

All the reviews, including yours, make it sound better than I had originally thought it would be.
elfscribe5 at 2015-10-05 23:35 (UTC) (Link)
Don't know who Sebastian Stan is. I thought all the actors were great. Nice to see a movie in which the real heroes are people doing their jobs but going above and beyond to solve a problem.
Jaiden S
jaiden_s at 2015-10-06 21:40 (UTC) (Link)
He's one of the actors in the movie. The guy in my icon.
nelyo_russandol at 2015-10-06 19:01 (UTC) (Link)
I saw the trailer last week when we went to see an abysmal movie with the orclings, and said to myself "I soooo want to see this movie!" It's my sort of story. Like you, I loved Apollo 13. I also remember enjoying the outlandish McGyver stunts when I was little! :o)
elfscribe5 at 2015-10-06 22:41 (UTC) (Link)
Which abysmal movie was that? lol. I'm sure you'll love The Martian. It was really nice to see a movie that I thoroughly enjoyed rather than one where I was grumbling about the special effects taking over a movie with a stupid plot and little characterization. They must have had to build so much equipment for this thing. Oh and I loved the 70s retro-music in the thing.

Edited at 2015-10-06 10:48 pm (UTC)
cheekynz at 2015-10-07 04:47 (UTC) (Link)
My husband wants to see this. Good to hear I actually might enjoy it!
elfscribe5 at 2015-10-07 08:26 (UTC) (Link)
I hope you do. Let me know what you thought!
uncleftish beholding
oloriel at 2015-10-07 09:15 (UTC) (Link)
Damn, now I actually want to see this movie! I wasn't expecting anything of the title, but what you've written there certainly sounds like something I shouldn't miss.
elfscribe5 at 2015-10-09 06:14 (UTC) (Link)
I really enjoyed it. Let me know what you thought if you get a chance to see it.
uncleftish beholding
oloriel at 2015-10-09 07:44 (UTC) (Link)
I will!
aglarien1 at 2015-10-12 18:16 (UTC) (Link)
I'm looking forward to seeing this one. I enjoyed the audible book so very much - I'm glad to hear the movie has touches of humor because the book was laugh-out-loud funny in parts where he's talking to himself. One of the best books I've experienced in a while.
elfscribe5 at 2015-10-13 00:08 (UTC) (Link)
I haven't read the book yet. Would like to. I'm glad to hear it was funny.
phyncke at 2015-10-14 02:21 (UTC) (Link)
Council of Elrond! I loved that part! I was totally geeking out!

I read the book of this one and saw the movie and I think the movie edges out the book in giving the complete picture for all the characters - I really loved the movie!
elfscribe5 at 2015-10-14 06:56 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I loved that they slipped that little nugget in there with Sean Bean. Interesting that you liked the movie better than the book. I haven't read the book yet so can't assess. Like you, I did love the movie though.
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