The Martian

martianSaw My Favorite Martian, err The Martian on Blu-ray this evening. Made it through the two hours intact. Ridley Scott’s adaptation of Andy Weir’s novel forms a tight film with beautiful special effects obviously. But I couldn’t help but wonder what happened to the suspense? The Martian proved too pretty, too easy. Not enough chaos and strife. How is that possible? It felt like a Sci-Fi 2015 version of the 70’s classic Coke jingle, I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing. Serene, pc, hopeful, and sanitized a bit too much. Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor all performed standard, decent acting. Nothing to cheer over. More interesting casting using Benedict Wong and Donald Glover in smaller character roles. In the end, China saved the day. Certainly realistic. The film felt like a NASCAR race. I didn’t hate it, but laughed more than I should have. Laughing at it not with it. The Martian gets a 3 out of 5.

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