What I Liked: Walking into the theater, I had my own expectations of what The Martian was going to be. However, during the film, I became somewhat confused. Where was all the drama? The tears? The psychosis of the main character? Instead, I was finding myself laughing and smiling during almost every scene.
At first, I thought this meant the movie must suck, right? Then I realized, this movie is different. Different than most of the space movies I've seen before like Gravity and Armageddeon. And frankly, I'm glad it's different because I don't think I could handle Gravity Part II.
The Martian focuses mainly on Mark (Matt Damon), but shows what's happening on Earth as well as on his fellow astronauts' ship coming home.
Matt Damon is hysterical and really immerses himself in the role. Don't worry, there is no Boston accent to be found.
Other stars include, Jessica Chastain, (Zero Dark Thirty, The Help) Kristen Wiig, (SNL, Bridesmaids) Jeff Daniels, (Dumb and Dumber, The Newsroom) Sean Bean, (Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones) and more.
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, including its humor, the actors and the incredible realistic Mars scenery. There is a lot of science-talk, but it's not too difficult to follow.
What I Didn't: The Martian is based on the bestselling novel by Andy Weir. Knowing this, I now want to read the book to see exactly what was left out of the movie, because I have a feeling, it's a lot.
The movie starts off incredibly fast without much of an explanation of who these astronauts are and why they are on Mars in the first place.
Also, throughout the film, we really don't learn much at all about the characters themselves and their relationships with the others. How long have they been working together? Do they get along? Etc...
I wanted to see more interaction between everyone, maybe even a flashback or two, but I might have to pick up the paperback for that information.
Nonetheless, the movie was very good and despite missing the human interaction element, the story and film was not impacted.