Dept. of Movies

Sunday, 11 October 2015 11:04 pm
kaffyr: Kitteh looks up, seez sturzz! (OMG Stars!)
[personal profile] kaffyr
The Martian 

(Warning; not a real review, just an immediate reaction.)

Went to see this movie tonight, and I have to echo what a lot of people have said - it's awesome. It's hard science fiction, with brain and heart, which means it does Campbell and Gernsback right, the way Campbell and Gernsback didn't, so ... without a lot of racism, sexism, etc., and with a great deal more literary and filmic sophistication than those two might ever have imagined - but still with a lot of true love for, and belief in, the power of logic, science, optimism, humanism and determination to move forward. 

Or as hero botanist Mark Watney (portrayed wonderfully by Matt Damon) says, when presented with yet another life-threatening scenario, "I've got to science the shit out of this." And he does, while a totally admirable group of science heroes back on earth do their damnedest to help him out (not always successfully.)

The look and feel of it was gorgeous; I felt like we were looking at Mars, even as I knew that we weren't. 

If this doesn't win the Hugo for best long form drama (or whatever the hell they call it next year), I'll either cry foul, or prepare myself to see the film of a lifetime if the winner actually tops The Martian. 

Date: Monday, 12 October 2015 11:39 am (UTC)
shanghaied: (SCIENCE!!!)
From: [personal profile] shanghaied
Apart from having to point out that Damon's character's surname is Watney, I'm in total agreement with you right through the penultimate paragraph. And though your closing sentence is meaningless to me, I do agree that this film merits winning many awards out in the wider world :-)

Given the respectworthy sources of pre-release raves (Hadfield, Adam Savage) and the fact that the only complaints any reviewer at the Toronto film festival could make were 'too much science' (um er what?) and 'not enough drama' (bwahahaha!), I took the brave step of booking Gold Class tickets for it, even though we got burnt so badly that way by Ridley Scott's previous big-budget science fiction fiasco. Brave step paid off: luxurious setting, excellent cocktails, FRAKKING AWESOME film :D

Date: Monday, 19 October 2015 12:51 am (UTC)
shanghaied: (SCIENCE!!!)
From: [personal profile] shanghaied
Thanks for the heads up on Watney's name; that's been fixed.

From one professional wordsmith to another, no problem ;D

Another friend saw it over the weekend; her (private) reaction on Twitter was 'EEEEE!!! MacGyver in Space!!! Awesome!!!' I heartily concur :-)

Want DVD now now NOW!

Date: Tuesday, 13 October 2015 11:59 am (UTC)
kerravonsen: Cat staring upwards: OMG iz fulla starz (full-of-stars)
From: [personal profile] kerravonsen
while a totally admirable group of science heroes back on earth do their damnedest to help him out (not always successfully.)

One of the things I liked was that their first attempt actually did fail, because they were taking all those shortcuts; that was a good dose of reality which other films wouldn't have been brave enough to do.

The look and feel of it was gorgeous; I felt like we were looking at Mars, even as I knew that we weren't.

It was magnificent.

Date: Monday, 12 October 2015 04:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's soooooo good! Yay Science!

Date: Monday, 12 October 2015 01:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ohhh, may have to find a way to see this, then!


Date: Tuesday, 13 October 2015 12:29 am (UTC)
clocketpatch: A small, innocent-looking red alarm clock, stuck forever at 10 to 7. (Default)
From: [personal profile] clocketpatch
I haven't seen the movie, but the book was fantastic!

Date: Tuesday, 13 October 2015 02:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I heard lots of good things about this movie, and Matt Damon is usually excellent.

Date: Sunday, 18 October 2015 07:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes! The Martian was SO GOOD. I loved all the science heroes. It's great that between this, Gravity, and Interstellar we are getting quite a collection of near-future space SF. I hope it invigorates our real space program.

Also, I am still laughing at the scene where a bunch of NASA people explain the Council of Elrond to the one person who doesn't get the reference WITH SEAN BEAN IN THE ROOM. A+ casting decision. (Really, all the casting was A+.)

Date: Sunday, 18 October 2015 11:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It is always odd (in a good way!) to see Sean Bean live through something. He managed to live through Jupiter Ascending, but that could be blamed on the general cheesiness of that movie.

Gravity was REALLY GOOD. It was a real treat on the big screen, and probably the only movie I've ever seen where I truly loved the 3D, but it should still be impressive and exciting to see at home. Interstellar I also liked a lot, albeit with certain caveats that I can't really discuss without spoilers. Both make interesting pairings with The Martian.

Date: Monday, 19 October 2015 05:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ah, Jupiter Ascending ... I heard it was remarkably cheesy, but in a kind of sweet way - is that true?

Yes indeed! I absolutely loved Jupiter Ascending. It is not by any normal measure a good movie, but it's super enjoyable in a campy way where sometimes you're laughing at the movie and sometimes you're just marveling that something like this exists. It's like some 14 year-old's self-insert Fifth Element fanfic was filmed with a budget of many millions. Mila Kunis is a Russian immigrant house cleaner named Jupiter who discovers that she has a secret destiny as a Space Princess. Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne is one of the villains, and he is delightfully hammy. He whispers 90% of his lines and SHOUTS THE REST, sometimes while wearing a cape with no shirt underneath. Channing Tatum is a Space Werewolf with a tragic backstory who has flying rollerblades. Sean Bean is a beekeeper from space named Stinger. The plot is incoherent, the dialog is clunky, and everything is over the top. It's also visually gorgeous and has some bits of clever worldbuilding. And while Jupiter spends a lot of time falling off buildings and getting rescued, it was still nice to see a genuinely female-centric space fantasy.

I have no idea how a film as gloriously terrible and odd as Jupiter Ascending got produced by Hollywood, but I'm so glad it did.


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