Dept. of Movies

Sunday, 11 October 2015 11:04 pm
kaffyr: Kitteh looks up, seez sturzz! (OMG Stars!)
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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!

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