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The Martian

So I’ve been wanting to see The Martian movie for a long time. But I never made it the theater and then it was in that weird in between stage where you can’t see it in theaters and you can’t rent it either. But this past weekend my family finally rented it through iTunes and we all sat down to watch the almost 2 and a half hour movie. I’d heard good things about this movie and know it’s also getting some attention at the upcoming Oscars, so I was expecting a good movie, but I didn’t know how good. Now after seeing it, I may just have to read the book it was based off of by Andy Weir.

When watching this Space Drama, it’s hard not to think of other space related movies, such as the more recent Interstellar, and older classics like Apollo 13. And while Apollo 13 will always have a special place in my heart and is enjoyable because of it’s basis on a true story, I have to admit that The Martian took things to a whole ‘nother level. It’s like the awesome visuals of Interstellar were combined with the compelling story of Apollo 13 and then given steroids.

The basic plot of The Martian is that someone is lost in space, more specifically on Mars, and a whole team of people have to work together to get him home alive. Not to mention, he has to figure out a lot of things on his own. But it’s amazing to see all of the inventiveness, creativity and humor of the stranded Mark Watney. I also was excited every time I saw another celebrity actor show up in the cast. It just brought a high standard to the whole film.

And although there are many things to praise about this movie, such as the beautiful scenery, music, and well written plot that balances drama with humor perfectly so we don’t get tired of either; I feel like my favorite part of this movie was seeing Matt Damon talking to himself throughout his time alone in space. I was a little worried that I would see similar things to Castaway or other films where someone is alone and they go a little crazy. But time and time again, our hero Mark finds a way to laugh at his situation and just go for it. It brings a sense of hope to the awful situation he is in and inspires the audience to do the same.

So, in conclusion, I loved this movie. It does have a bit of language that you might want to watch out for, and the opening storm scene is a bit intense, but otherwise I think it’s enjoyable. So go see it before it wins some Oscars, because based on what I saw, it’s winning something.


Mockingjay Part 1 vs Interstellar

Trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

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So I’ve gotten to see two movies in the theaters recently and rather than posting two posts, I’m going to talk about them both in one post. Can you guess which one I liked more?

Well I saw Interstellar first, and boy was it a ride. I felt like I was on a space ride at Epcot. This might be because the volume was turned up super loud in the IMAX theater I watched it in; there were even times I had to stop up my ears. So it did feel as if I was a passenger along for the ride. I enjoyed the exploration of space and how the laws of physics were used fairly accurately in this movie; such as time being relative. I loved Astronomy in college, and I enjoyed this movie’s use of real physics. It was a very unique space movie, and I generally liked the characters and storyline. I also liked the commentary on where our world is headed with all of it’s overproduction and extra stuff. I think the fictionalized future made sense; how the world would come back to a more basic kind of living. And I really liked how history was handled in the film, with the use of interviews throughout the movie, and the government changing the history books to say they’d never gone to space. It reminded me of how history even today can be tweaked depending on our current culture.

So there were a lot of intriguing parts of this movie, and I appreciate the uniqueness. However, I have to say I enjoyed watching the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 more.

For some reason, it was hard to really empathize with the characters in Interstellar, so I didn’t care very much about what happened. And when I left the movie theater, I just felt numb.┬áBut I really did enjoy the new Hunger Games movie. I’ve enjoyed all of the Hunger Games movies, and this new one was no exception. It stuck close enough to the book that I didn’t notice any missing details. And I thought they did an excellent job of creating a compelling story arch out of only half of the final book. It starts with Katniss wanting Peeta back, and wishing they had rescued him instead of her, and it ends with Peeta finally rescued from the capitol, but so messed up psychologically, that he’s still separated from Katniss. So she got what she wanted, but is still disappointed. Which sets up the story nicely to continue in the last film.

I also really liked the comic relief of how Katniss can’t act to save her life, and only is compelling onscreen when she’s just being herself. I also enjoyed seeing how the side characters, like Finnick, Effie, Prim, and Haymitch are continuing to develop. And man, I cannot get the Hanging Tree song out of my head. I loved how it was used as a rebel anthem. So, all in all, Mockingjay did not disappoint and I’m looking forward to the last film installment next year.

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