Ad Astra

Review: Ad Astra

08 Dec 19

Visually beautiful, even if it doesn't do much

You know, I really tried to like this movie. But in the end, it didn't work out too well for me.

Ad Astra is directed by James Gray and stars Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones and Liv Tyler to name a few. I took a quick look at the reviews for this one and safe to say, everyone definitely has their own opinion. Personally, I thought it was alright. I had a rather higher-than-usual expectation of the movie beforehand as I heard a lot of praise for it from the people around me. Probably wasn't the best thing.

Anyways, I will say the directing and cinematography was brilliant. There's no denying that. James Gray and the great Hoyte Van Hoytema did an amazing job in this movie and it is breathtaking. Some shots were reminiscent of Kubrick's 2001 which was quite a joy to see.

The score by Max Richter was subtle, minimalistic and perfect for the movie. Brad Pitt's more subdued performance also carried the movie, and it really suited his character.

The narrative itself was...fine. It was fine. It feels more grounded than the usual space movie. I liked that the main focus was the character and not the whole save-the-world thing. Not many movies do that these days. But, it's not to say an exciting or thrilling prospect, it's more calm and melancholic. And I suppose that's a good thing.

Probably my main "disappointment" with Ad Astra is the lack of connection between the audience and the main character. Now, some people will disagree on this. Some people thought the connection was perfect. And that's okay. I just personally feel that the movie could've been a lot better if we got to know the characters a bit more in depth and maybe get a better understanding of the choices they make.

Another thing that bugged me a little was the dialogue. Most of it was fine, normal. But some of it was just...a bit much. It didn't feel natural. Felt like those one-liners you'd hear out of a superhero movie.

Other than that, Ad Astra was fine. It looked great, sounded great, just didn't feel that great. Guess I was just hoping for more. But it was still fine.