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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Report Card----"The Martian"

"The Martian" is a first cousin once removed to the movie "Gravity".
You know. The one with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in outer space.
This one has Matt Damon in the Sandra Bullock part.
And it's just as unbelievable.
I mean, how can you do a movie about major space exploration without some major movie star's life being in jeopardy?
I ask you.
Because, after all, all astronauts are major movie stars.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?


Compelling even?


Is it controversial?

Not at all.

Is it a story worth telling?

It is pure fiction.

Is it good storytelling?

It is as predictable as "Gravity", which is to say "Very".

Is it well written?

The dialogue is okay.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Damon's pretty good. But really no great shakes.

Well shot?

If that's what Mars looks like, it's gorgeous. That's probably the edge it has over "Gravity".

Did the director put such a personal stamp on it so that no one else could have made it?

No one else has ever attempted to film Mars, except maybe Melies, if that was Mars, and it was better than that, Still, I have no clue.

How long does it take to establish the film's locale?

Immediately. Mars and Houston, in that order.

Is it too long? Too short?

Way too long. They could have cut about twenty minutes. Just about any twenty minutes.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

I really didn't go along for the ride. Although Damon was rather engaging.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

It was never not predictable. That was the main problem.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

Just about how formulaic it all was.

Is it funny?

Here and there.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

The special effects were awesome, if that's the kind of thing that matters to you. It doesn't to me.

Is it impressive?

Visually, perhaps. That's all.

Overall grade: C-.

The only positive thing I can say about it is it was not as bad as "Gravity" and Matt Damon is a lot easier to take than Sandra Bullock.


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