Ad Astra is in theaters on September 20th, 2019.
Ad Astra is the story of a man on a journey to find his long-lost father in the vast
landscape of space. This movie became one of my most anticipated after seeing the first trailer,
and rave reviews from festivals raised my anticipation even further.
Brad Pitt plays Roy McBride, following his father’s footsteps in becoming an astronaut, and has unbelievable control of his emotions while out in the field. Pitt’s performance is phenomenal in Ad Astra. He’s fantastic in portraying what working for the government and dealing with classified intelligence can do to a person. Keeping secrets while learning secrets and also being afraid of what could happen once they no longer need him. I feel he should get more recognition for this performance over Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
James Gray wrote and directed this film, and he actually had the release date pushed back twice, in order to make this film as perfect as he could. There are many aspects of the story that I enjoyed, like exploring what it means to be alone, why we as people sometimes push others away, and what lengths we will go to fight something that has been torturing us inside. I wish Ad Astra had connected these ideas better in its story. Many seem to be thrown at the audience somewhat quickly. Some of this could be from the lack of emotion displayed by Pitt’s character in some moments, which is used to show his ability of control over his heartbeat and breathing. Other areas are illogical in some ways, leaving me to blame the direction and writing. This movie has many highs and lows, but some of the incredibly tense highs just blow over like they never happened, and many should have drastic consequences that are never touched on again.
Overall, I was hoping for more from Ad Astra, although I did enjoy portions of it. I could see what points the director was trying to connect to fully flesh out the story and bring it home, but the end of the film falls flat for me. Also, the film is only two hours long, but it feels much longer. Some moments drag on that could have been cut down, and that time could have been spent developing other areas that needed more screen time.
It’s always tough to review a movie with so much mystery without giving away too much detail, so I still recommend you check out Ad Astra on your own, Brad Pitt’s performance is worth the price of your ticket alone. If you do see it, let us know your thoughts!
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
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