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Ad Astra (2019)

Discussion in 'Movies' started by Reggie W, Jul 31, 2018.

  1. Josh Steinberg

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    2D only, at least domestically. Not sure about international.
     
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    I stopped reading after the first paragraph. That writer is saying that 5 space movies over the last 6 six is over doing it, we get that many comic book movies each year. Why do people hate space exploration movies so much?
     
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    It's only overdoing it if this film hasn't found a unique angle. Obviously, I haven't seen it yet, but it does not appear to be retreading ground already covered by the others, so I really don't see the issue.
     
  5. Reggie W

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    Well, my head exploded when somebody said something along the lines of this is like Apocalypse Now in space. I have to confess, that's about the most perfect thing you could have said to me to make me want to see this picture.
     
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    Absolutely, my kind of tag line, definitey! :thumbsup:
     
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    I got my ticket this morning for next Thursday night. I'm gonna be going into it pretty unaware of what to expect...and looking forward to it!
     
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    What is an Ad Astra?
     
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  10. Malcolm R

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    Good question. I've also been wondering.
     
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    It's Latin for 'To the stars'
     
  12. Reggie W

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    So, I have not watched this video, I am told it is very interesting but does have some spoilers and includes clips from the picture (those clips have also been put out there individually and contain spoilers) so, if you are like me avoid watching this until after seeing the film.



    Very excited to see this one as the buzz on it is fantastic and Gray claims the film is heavily influenced by Apocalypse Now.
     
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    Got my ticket for today Dolby Cinema. What surprised me was that I didn't see 3D. I have not gone to a theater maybe for a year and a year ago this would have been in 3D for sure. Has 3D died in theaters too?
     
  14. Josh Steinberg

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    3D hasn’t died in cinemas but this was conceived and created as a 2D-only presentation.
     
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    This was ok and fair. It could have been easily 30 minutes longer. It should have been longer. It's rushed and everything happens so fast that you don't get the necessary time to absorb the environment and the story. I was not transported. The entire time I felt I was on Earth and exactly where I was. 7/10.
     
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    I'm seeing it tonight in IMAX.
     
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    All I've got close to me are regular Digital and then Dolby screenings. I'm doing Dolby tonight.
     
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    Although it has good space images and special effects, overall Ad Astra is the biggest argument against space travel that I've ever seen in a movie. As a drama and as a space film it is often absurd, painful, and tedious. This movie is my biggest disappointment this year, and gets a rating of "D".

    Ad Astra...Ad Nauseam....Ad Absurdum
     
  19. Josh Steinberg

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    Heart of Darkness/Apocalypse Now meets Interstellar, by way of Gravity, with a touch of Solaris 2002 pathos only its Pitt’s father instead of Clooney’s wife.

    It had the length and silences and atmospheres of Blade Runner 2049 but without the finesse or depth.

    It wears its heart on its sleeve, but prioritizes feeling over storytelling, but shortchanged the bits of storytelling and world building that it does attempt. It feels more like an early conversation of what a movie could be rather than an actual movie.

    It’s not High Life bad but I did think of that as I watched it.

    If these thoughts seem unfocused and meandering and uncertain, that’s probably an honest reaction to a movie that was all of those things. If it wasn’t in a genre I was predisposed to like, it probably would have been a total misfire for me.
     
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    Wow, not encouraging mini-reviews to read about this movie.
     

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