Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) is an Astronaut who accepts a mission which requires him to travel to Neptune and save the world. Roy is also heavily invested in this mission as he hopes it will reveal the truth about his missing father who vanished many years ago.
Ad Astra is a heavy drama and a sci-fi film. It’s also what I would call a “slow burn” in regards to the plot. Many times throughout the plot, the hero will be on track and is then distracted from the main mission and plan by assisting others.
As for the Sci-Fi aspect of the film, I would suggest viewers keep an open mind for a couple of reasons. One, this film is set shortly, and secondly, the film needs viewers to simply accept certain elements, particularly when it comes to talking about space. These aspects didn’t bother me as it allowed me to enjoy the film’s next couple of praise points.
Brad Pitt has delivered another stellar performance. His character is rather severe, focused and generally kept to himself. Thankfully, we gain more of an insight into this leading character with brief narrations as the film progresses.
Also, Ad Astra has some stunning audio and visuals, particularly in the sequences that involve the world that is “space”. It’s no surprise that the film carries many enjoyable lines that should please most from start to finish. I also feel that the film’s general introduction and setup was conducted at a very pleasing pace.
Overall, I found Ad Astra to be a delightful drama and sci-fi film. Because the film is a slow burn with its pace, I understand how this film could frustrate a few movie lovers (similar to 2001’s Space Odyssey). I enjoyed seeing another stellar performance from Brad Pitt with stunning cinematography and audio track. A film like this is also fun for sci-fi fans even if it requires you to just go along for the ride. I recommend you go to a cinema and switch off your brain. It’s a surprising film for 2019 even if many will disagree with me.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden