I think how much of a downer the ending feels depends on your feelings about space exploration.Right, when I left the theater, I felt the film wasn't a downer at all.
I agree. He was tremendous. I think he should have been Oscar nominated for this role, although since he won Supporting for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, at least they still acknowledged him this year. He was so central to this thing, and gave such a nuanced performance, that I don't think the film would have worked nearly as well with another actor.I really enjoyed it and thought Pitt really carried the day. His demeanor and motivations were fascinating to me. And I thought he really did a terrific job with a difficult character.
Movie theaters? What are those? It's been so long since I've been to one that I barely remember them.I loved the film and watched it twice in a movie theater.
I'm pretty much with you on this Walter. I started off so impressed with how the story was progressing. I was engrossed with how commercial space travel seemed to be presented in a viable way, then eventually, all I could see was the mechanics of the story straining to get the movie where it needed to go.I saw Ad Astra for the first time the weekend it premiered on HBO here in the U.S. Been meaning to find the thread, but Mike saved me the work (thanks! ) and reminded to post a little bit about the film.
It was very much a mixed bag for me and frankly I was surprised to see such a high Metascore rating (80) on Metacritic. I really enjoyed Brad Pitt's performance and enjoyed the introspective aspects (the Malicky bits) of the film. I thought most of action elements were poorly staged and belonged in an entirely different film. I guess I'll spoiler this, even though the film has been out...
The killer monkeys in space was like something out of a film one would see on MST3K. I was laughing at the absurdity. I suppose it could happen, but it felt completely 100% ridiculous to me. Just completely took me out of the film.
I also thought that the timing of some of the events was entirely too convenient. That to me is a sign of poor writing when plot elements particularly involving time stack up neatly. I understand that the filmmakers had to get McBride to Neptune space and the plot required him to confront his father with no companions, but the way that story element unfolded really felt forced and simply was not realistic to me.
Liked the acting, and the FX were what one would expect in today's production environment, the science was pretty weak, the plot felt forced at times, and the action sequences mostly belonged in another film. 2.5 stars out of 4 for me.