The Martian

Crisis, science, and humor. These are the things that made up most the book The Martian by Andy Weir. These were also the things that were transferred beautifully to the screen in the movie rendition. The Martian is an incredible movie with amazing acting, exquisite cinematography, and a story that keeps viewers entertained until the very end.
Ridley Scott (Alien) did a marvelous job bringing Weir’s story to life. The Mars landscape was masterfully filmed and enchanting to look at. The way it is filmed and presented engages the viewer and sucks them into a planet beyond their own. The towering mounds of orange are awe-inspiring and spectacular. Scott does steal/reuse some of his shoots from Alien, but it’s fine, because they are beautiful and amazing.
The cast was phenomenal and I wouldn’t have wanted the movie cast any other way. Matt Damon (The Bourne Identity) is the only person on screen for most of the movie. He had to be very convincing in portraying Mark Watney’s emotions and thoughts while stranded on Mars all by himself. Damon, does an incredible job showing the loneliness that Watney feels, while also cracking the jokes that this story so unique and entertaining.
The part of the movie not focused on what Watney is doing on Mars, is either spent on the Hermes with the rest of the Ares III crew, or back on Earth with NASA. On the Hermes, the rest of Watney’s crew is trying to deal with the what happened, while also doing what needs to be done to help save their crewmate from his isolation on the red planet with nothing but Commander Lewis’s, Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), disco music to listen to. The small romance of the movie between Ares crewmates Beth Johanssen, played by Kate Mara (127 Hours), and Dr. Chris Beck, played by Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), is super adorable, and I personally think that it should have been in the movie more, even if it wasn’t in the book too much. The other two members of the crew are Rick Martinez, played by Michael Peña (Ant-Man), and Alex Vogel, played by Aksel Hennie (Headshooter).
The team at NASA is hard at work trying to find a way to bring Watney back to Earth alive, and in one piece. Vincent Kapoor, the director of Mars operations, played by Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), works closely with the head of NASA, Teddy Sanders, played by Jeff Daniels (Looper), and Mitch Henderson, played by Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring), the flight director of Ares III. The entire team of actors in this part of the movie, perfectly display the desperation and determination that the workers at NASA have to bring Mark home. It was also nice to the guy who plays Anderson in Sherlock (also known as Jonathan Aris).
The soundtrack of the movie is very heavily filled with disco music, which makes perfect sense for the movie.
Overall, the movie was very accurate to the book. They did remove some things near the end, but I can’t really blame them, the things that they removed weren’t necessary to the movie, and it made a lot of sense to take them out.
Overall I give the movie 5/5 stars. It is by far the best movie I have seen all year. As book to movie adaptations go, I give it a 4.5/5 stars because they did remove a few things.

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