Ad Astra (2019)
Title: Ad Astra
Genre: Adventure | Drama | Mystery |
Runtime: 122 min
Director: James Gray
Starring: Brad Pitt, Liv Tyler, Ruth Negga
Astronaut Roy McBride undertakes a mission across an unforgiving solar system to uncover the truth about his missing father and his doomed expedition that now, 30 years later, threatens the universe.
STRUGGLES TO FIND THE RIGHT NARRATIVE
Every time a science-fiction movie arrives with new cast and crew, you don’t really care for it. Not anymore. It’s like it could be on actors today bucket-list. Once they have starred in an epic tale in space, they check their boxes and then they move on. This is mostly because there has been now a lot of space-movies and superhero-movies, in all form. Some has succeeded better and some hasn’t been close to the need for income that they need. This is a movie where the astronaut Roy (Brad Pitt) is sent to space, to find his father who was a pioneer for a LIMA-project on Neptune and he tries to find answers that no one else could. Answers that was not needed to begin with.
Brad Pitt tries hard to not vomit over this movie. Most part of the movie, he’s out of focus and feels like a distant character. He doesn’t either have a family to give that too. His pulse doesn’t cross 80 and he feels most part of the movie like an emotionless character. It’s hard to connect with him as the main character. The story itself isn’t that exciting either. He is going to find his father and confront him. That is what the whole movie is about. There is no connection or dynamic, like what you would find in Interstellar (2014) or Gravity (2013), for that matter. He does what needs to be done and travel safely home. He barely changes along the way or takes the consequences that this long journey brings. He’s not even injured when he’s home on earth.
The cast’s performance is okay for what the weak story provides in this estranged environment. The story is weak and feels unsatisfied by the end. It begins with a good and engaging story but loses tracks on to where it wants to go. It drops the red line in storytelling and converts soon to a mess by the end. It lacks depth and the character-development it should’ve by the end of the movie.
The cinematography by Hoyte von Hoytema is stunningly beautiful and clean shot throughout the movie, even in the events by the end of the movie. It attracts a view of the wonder he has achieved. It’s a strong function in the movie, even by the trickiest shots, it provides a clean and superb image that opens the perspective from the character.
By the beginning, I didn’t expect much of this movie. It didn’t attract me to watch and now afterward, it wouldn’t be worth to pay full price for a movie of this kind. It’s weak storytelling and performance of the cast is trolling other movies in this particular genre and gave myself a distraction that I didn’t need.