Well today I went to the cinema to see the highly critically praised Ridley Scott film The Martian; The Martian tells the story of Mark Watney who while on a manned mission to Mars is left behind by his crew when he is presumed dead after being hit by a piece of debris in a storm, Watney has to think up of a long term plan to survive while he waits for help which is only 4 years away. The Martian is directed by Ridley Scott and stars Matt Damon, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie, Michael Peña, Sean Bean and Donald Glover.
I'm one of the minority that finds some enjoyment in Prometheus and I never saw Exodus or The Counsellor because of it's astonishingly awful reviews; so when this film is hailed as the return of Ridley Scott I don't see it as well as others but I still think he may have made another classic with this film. On the side of positives there are a lot of things to talk about, some of the upsides of the movie are: Phenomenal acting, great story, a beautifully written script, excellent direction, brilliant story progression, great humour and there is lots of suspense and tension. From the massive a-list cast this film has its no surprise this film is wonderfully acted, everyone consumes their character but I think the standouts are Chiwetel Ejiofor and Matt Damon. Both of them are really solid throughout the film and without Matt Damon's charisma this film would be lost; while I was watching the film I was thinking Damon's performance is really solid but not Cast Away levels of great until the last act of the film where his character starts to break, and because I had already watched 2 hours of him alone on Mars I was emotionally connected to him, so those scenes hit me with a lot more force. The plot of this film is really good as the premise is really solid and then it takes that premise and develops it so there is never a dull moment, I was gripped from start to finish. The script is really clever as it has the perfect blend of comedy and drama, the film is a lot funnier than I was expecting considering the premise but the main character is so likable and so well written that this movie made me laugh numerous times; but it's not like it isn't dramatic when it needs to be certain scenes are really hard to watch and the film gets really serious at some points. The direction of this film is outstanding as the film is set up to have three concurrent plot lines from different people's perspective (the crew's, NASA's and Watney's), this could've be handled awfully but Ridley Scott managed to fuse these plot lines together so well that the transitions never felt unnatural and so that the story flowed perfectly. One thing that Ridley Scott knows how to do well is tension and in certain scenes where it needs to be done tension is built masterfully so that multiple times I felt a chill go down my spine and goosebumps come across my arms.
Looking back at this point after just having seen the film I don't have any true problems with the film, the only thing that I could say is that I wasn't sucked into the film as well as others and while the film is amazing it isn't the style of film that I would give a perfect score. I found that this film which is mostly comedic, even though this film has excellent dramatic moments and the film is near perfect and extremely enjoyable, didn't hook me as well as certain dramas have.
Overall I think that The Martian is probably the best film I have seen this year, it has everything going for it as it has: great performances, it is really enjoyable and it has the dramatic depth that is sometimes lacking from this kind of comedic film so that it is grounded in reality. So taking everything I have said into consideration I rate this film: