Ad Astra (2019) – Movie Review

Ad Astra became a darling of critics, but actually did not score well with the audience. At Rottentomatoes, it scores 83% with the reviewers, but only 40% with the viewers. And whoever scrolled down to the final score knows that Ad Adstra gets a thumbs down from us.

Ad Astra went its own way, and although the film could turn into a digifest blockbuster, the director James Gray chose a slower and almost relaxing pace. This does not necessarily hurt and even films such an Interstellar are sometimes very slow to their own benefit.

Ad Astra Is a Long Journey Through the Solar System

The protagonist Roy, played by fantastic Brad Pitt, journeys through our solar system to Neptune to find out what his father did that is killing and threatening all life. The quest for searching is ultimately both physical and mental. Roy’s father is on his mission for 30 years and 16 of them hasn’t been communicating.

In addition to the location, Roy is also trying to figure out what his father has become. This pilgrimage is one of the pillars of the film. Unfortunately, it crumbles. The father-son relationship is not enough, unlike the father-daughter relationship in the aforementioned Interstellar.

Both the search motivation and the climax itself do not have the emotional impact they should have. Unfortunately, it often happens that despite the frequent (and actually well done) voiceovers, we do not see the main hero’s train of thought properly, and somehow he does things just because he does them, including the positive ones and those that end in tragedy.

Everything Looks Great, but We’ve Seen It Before

Ad Astra is the kind of movie where any shot can be used as a screen saver. It would be a surprise if there wasn’t at least one Oscar nomination for visual effects.

There are not that many innovations, but there are never enough cosmic pilgrimages to enjoy. And in this respect, Ad Astra has done well, and if you don’t think about the laws of physics, you’ll enjoy from start to finish.

Overall Summary

Slow pace may be ok, but the 2 hour runtime is just too much, especially when a number of scenes are actually meaningless in the film, except maybe for the fact that they look great. Unfortunately, it seems to me that there wasn’t much to tell and that there should be at least an hour longer version that would justify the existence of a number of scenes. Or maybe not…

Maybe it was the slow pace that was quite hurtful, and a digiride blockbuster would suit the film better. The emotional impact on me was practically zero. I know how some scenes were supposed to work, I know what the director tried to do, but it just didn’t work. And in the film, which is based on the relationship of Roy and his father, it is quite a problem.

Ad Astra – Trailer

Ad Astra
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Astronaut Roy McBride journeys through unforgiving solar system to uncover the truth about his missing father and his doomed expedition that now, 30 years later, threatens the solar system. Is it Interesting? When it comes to visual effects, it’s great. When it comes to the story, it lacks and even bores most of the time.

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