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    Ad Astra

    No prefix cause it's going to be short.
    But Ad Astra (Brad Pitt's new movie) is much more accurately defined as 'fantasy' than 'science fiction'.
    I just saw it and it's left me very grumpy.
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    That's a bummer. Is it one of those films that can be enjoyed as its own thing, though?
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      Again no harder SF? Screw that movie then. Wake me up when there's a such a title. Good to strike off yet another pointless movie from the list then.

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        Just saw this the other night, myself. Way disappointing.

        It was a very poor presentation of what life in space is like. That is one problem it has. Like people walking around on the Moon and on Mars like they would on Earth? Like, in a full G of gravity? No.

        The other problem was, there was a point to this movie? I didn't see one, if there was one. The story in fact, made little sense at all. Was it maybe a last hurrah for Tommy Lee Jones? If so, he had only a very small bit part in it. But also, threatens the universe?

        The universe? It was about some kind of (spoiler alert) electromagnetic storm caused by a malfunctioning spacecraft, those EM spikes being sent back eathward from Neptune. By a spacecraft. Effecting the whole universe.

        Not.

        For the plus side, it did have a little commentary about the human condition, and our penchant for covering up what we don't want people to know, but that was even handled with ham hands, it making me roll my eyes it was so poorly presented.

        All in all, I would say this is a movie Brad Pitt will be going over. Like, he actually did that? Yeah, like, right on the heels of Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood, too, which was actually a very good movie.

        What puzzles me most, is it got a 6.9 out of 10 on IMDb. For myself, I would have given it a 3-something. Because yeah, like, apart from the story being poor, the visuals weren't even very good, either.

        So yeah. Miss this one. Or if you really want to see it, wait till it shows up on shelves way on sale. Because trust me, if you spend any real money on it, you won't be very happy you did.
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          I think the scene that genuinely made my want to throw my hands up in disgust was when Brad Pitt exits the booster module and accidentally kicks it away.
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            Originally posted by Little Rick View Post
            (spoiler alert) electromagnetic storm caused by a malfunctioning spacecraft, those EM spikes being sent back eathward from Neptune. By a spacecraft. Effecting the whole universe.
            Would have been more appropriate for the spikes being sent from Uranus, no?

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              Originally posted by Rusakov View Post
              Would have been more appropriate for the spikes being sent from Uranus, no?
              LOL, like everything else about the wiriting of this movie. It was all pulled out of someone's ass.
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                Originally posted by macrorufus View Post
                I think the scene that genuinely made my want to throw my hands up in disgust was when Brad Pitt exits the booster module and accidentally kicks it away.
                I actually didn't throw a lot brains into that one. I did think it kind of strange though, that he could have kicked it away so easily. That capsule had to weigh at least a ton or close to it. At the very most, it probably would have only drifted away very slowly.

                Originally posted by Rusakov View Post
                Would have been more appropriate for the spikes being sent from Uranus, no?
                It was like in the first Star Trek reboot film. A supernova that could destroy the whole galaxy? Ummm? Are the writers all just lazy? Or do they think all of us are just too stupid to know better?

                Originally posted by Daryn View Post
                LOL, like everything else about the writing of this movie. It was all pulled out of someone's ass.
                It all struck me as just an excuse to get Brad Pitt in space. That alone ought to sell movie tickets!

                I'd always thought a lot higher of Brad Pitt. He always seemed level-headed and that he knew how to pick his roles. So either the producers bamboozled him into taking the role, or he just wanted a space movie under his belt, not caring if it was any good or not. Either way, it turned out to be a pretty poor choice for him, and likely his career, too.

                But yeah, at any rate. It was like it was taken from a story that was maybe written back in the 40s, long before anybody really knew anything about space travel, and especially the mechanics of it. Or, the sophistication of their audience. Audiences today know a lot more about space travel today, than they did 60 or 75 years ago, giving me that thought.
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                  And how about that!

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                  • #10

                    So basically, everything in this movie is a mess.
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