Ad Astra (2019)
Ad Astra is a character driven science fiction film by James Gray. Starring Brad Pitt, Ad Astra is a story centered around an emotionally troubled astronaut journey to find his father at the outer edge of our solar system.
I enjoyed Ad Astra, but I felt it was a bit too long. However, Brad Pitt’s acting is top notch, as he carries the story, often completely alone.
The film reminded me of films like 2001, Gravity, The Martian and Interstellar. Visually, it’s a terrific movie, but I felt there was a change halfway into it’s story. I felt the lack of greater establishing shots and epic vistas, such as those in films like The Martian and Interstellar. Most likely, the director wanted to focus on the intense solitude of our main characters during this stretch of the journey, but I felt it was a missed opportunity for the film.
Ad Astra also had some great world building. The world felt realistic, almost like our future, just around the corner. It felt real. Almost too real sometimes.
The film also felt long, much longer than it’s 2 hour runtime. And although it is meant as a personal story, with a very slow burn towards the final act, I had hoped for a bit more science fiction adventure than what was presented. The ending felt a bit… dry, in lack of a better word.
But, I enjoyed it, of course, and I won’t be surprised if Brad Pitt is nominated for an Oscar for this one.