Review: The Martian
How can Aquaman control whales? They're mammals! Makes no sense.
Since one of my favorite Mark Watney ponderings got left out of the movie I figured I'd include it here.
Mark (Matt Damon) is part of a 6 man Ares mission on Mars. When a storm causes them to evacuate early, he's struck by debris which sends him flying in the opposite direction and kills his monitor. His crew members, Leader Lewis, (Jessica Chastain) Martinez, (Michael Pena) Johanssen, (Kate Mara) Vogel, (Aksel Hennie) and Beck (Sebastian Stan) assume he's dead. But he isn't, and when SATCON employee Mindy (Mackenzie Davis) discovers he's alive when looking at satellite images, Ares director Vincent (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and director of NASA, Teddy (Jeff Daniels) among others need to figure out how to bring him home.
The book by Andy Weir is one of the best I've read in recent memory. I would probably say it's now in my top 10 of all time. This film had big shoes to fill in that sense, and they still hit it out of the park. Sure, they left things out as all book adaptations go. Watney experienced more setbacks in the novel.(including accidentally blowing up MAV) They also cut an amusing scene where Johansson tells her family that even if something goes wrong, she was chosen to survive because she's the smallest, needs the least amount of food, and when her other crew members die she can cut them up and eat them.
But I found it easy not to dwell on the things they left out. The cast is fantastic, with the exception of Kristen Wiig, who plays NASA spokeswoman Annie with way too much of a "sad panda" expression when Annie was more of a hard ass in the book. I'm not quite sure why she was chosen to play her. The film splits the time between Mars, the Ares 3 crew, and Earth so while Watney carried the book, Matt Damon isn't tasked with carrying the entire film. Ejiofor was the stand out for me.
The visual effects in this film were stunning. They made Mars look so beautiful and intimidating at the same time. The score was lovely, even when Watney is stuck listening to disco music most of the time. They also made good use of their two allotted "fucks" for their PG-13 rating.
Memorable Quote: "Did you really just say that to me?" - Vincent Kapoor (Chiwetel Ejiofor)