Check out the full Movie Bears Podcast review of ‘The Martian’ embedded below or read on for our mini-review!
Bring. Him. Home.
At least, that’s what the marketing campaign for Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’ would have us do with Matt Damon, who plays an astro-botanist stranded on Mars and forced to survive until help can arrive.
Based on the popular novel by Andy Weir, ‘The Martian’ feels like a return to form for director Ridley Scott, whose recent box office disappointments, including The Counselor, Prometheus, and Exodus: Gods and Kings, left many wondering if the filmmaker responsible for such classics as Alien and Blade Runner had lost his touch. The film packs a one-two punch, the first jab coming from the sharp, intelligent, and intriguing script, and the knockout right cross coming from Scott’s masterful execution of his vision, crafting a tale that feels like the love child of 2013’s Gravity and Tom Hank’s Castaway.
Matt Damon carries the bulk of the film on his shoulders, and does so with grace and ease. With each passing film, Damon reminds us that he is a versatile actor who has a good chance of standing the test of time, and his leading role in ‘The Martian’ is no exception. He portrays charisma, sure; that should come as no surprise. More appealing is the ease with which he displays rugged survival skills and a believable intellect. Of course, Damon has a solid cast of skilled actors supporting him, including Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Sean Bean, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, amongst others. It is on the backs of these performers that Damon is allowed the freedom he needs to nail this performance.
In short, ‘The Martian’ is a solid film, one that we highly recommend you check out. For more of our thoughts about the movie, check us out at www.moviebearspodcast.com or watch the embedded video below!
by Will Lindus, Movie Bears Podcast