I’ve been looking forward to this movie since I finished the book. Actually, even before that. The trailers and previews are what led me to even read it! But this isn’t about that amazing book that hopefully everyone is reading now, it’s about the amazing movie that came from it.
Right off the bat when you look at the cast, you know it’s going to be a solid movie. They nailed every piece of casting. I’ll admit though when I saw that Kristen Wiig had been cast I was a bit worried? Honestly worried isn’t the right word. I’m just use to seeing her in comedy roles and wasn’t sure how this would pan out. In the end though she did a fantastic job and I realized my concerns were dumb. And while Matt Damon is the headliner of the movie, this film wouldn’t work without the amazing supporting cast. It’s a movie about teamwork. From the Mars crew to NASA to the entire world coming together. I read an article that questioned why some of the roles weren’t kinda mushed together (Donald Glover’s character was mentioned) and I just kinda did a face palm. Because it wouldn’t work. While it seems like this movie has a large (and stupidly talented cast), it never felt that way. I never felt that there were too many people on screen. I mean, a dude is stuck on Mars! Do you think this is a problem that can be solved with just a few people? Of course not!
Since I had read the book, I was interested to see what would make the cut and what would be skipped. It’s bound to happen. If some parts weren’t trimmed this movie would be 5 hours long (and I would 100% be OK with that). I’m happy to report that most of the important stuff was kept and just a few things were missing or changed. I’m glad that they kept the humor as well. I think that’s what grabbed me with the story. Watney could either give up and mope about, or he could get shit done. He got shit done by using humor. What other choice did he have? It seems that some people think that his attitude makes him a dick. Ya know what, so what? Just because a character doesn’t react the way you would or expect, doesn’t mean that person is an asshole. It just means they handle situations differently. And this is something we see in the real world. We expect people to act a certain way when they get fired. Or when a loved one dies. Or after a breakup. But guess what? There is no correct way to react. We’re all unique and different and guess what? If I was sent to Mars, or was an astronaut in general, I’d probably have a chip on my shoulder as well!
I’m not even sure this post has a point, or is a review? I think it’s more like an explosion of feels. Which makes sense since the movie made me cry a few times, even though I had read the book. I mean, you never know what they might change! I was still on the edge of my seat the entire time. “The Martian” is easily one of the best movies of the year. And it’s a movie I think everyone can enjoy! You want feel good? It has that. You want MacGyver? It has that. You want a diverse cast? It has that too! It really does have all the things you guys! Including breathtaking visuals. And witty one liners. And amazing disco music. Ok, Ok. I’ll stop! But promise me you’ll go see it!
And if you haven’t read The Martian be sure to pick it up!