September 20, 2019

Ad Astra is in theaters on September 20th, 2019.

Ad Astra hits theatres this weekend. I heard a lot of talk and hype about this movie, therefore I didn’t want to watch any trailers and go into the movie not knowing anything except it being a sci-fi movie starring Brad Pitt. I won’t lie, sci-fi movies aren’t really my thing. However, I had a very open mind going in.

This movie is about Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) on a mission across the solar system to find his father, who is an astronaut hero (Tommy Lee Jones), and uncover the truth about him and the exploration he was on when he disappeared. I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to give too much away.

First thing I will say is that this movie is stunning. The cinematographer did such a beautiful job with space and the planets along with the futuristic imagery of space with the space stations. The way he uses color is so mesmerizing, I could watch his space visuals all day. Most people would say its a slow burn, but I enjoyed the first half of the movie. I was very entertained and hooked on the first half. I was very curious about Brad’s character and how he was going to deal with the challenges he faced. There was even some action!

Unfortunately for me, the ending flopped for me. I didn’t get it. For everything that happened in the movie for the type of ending it received I was quite disappointed. Many questions about the plot wasn’t answered in a clear or satisfying way. The movie also seemed very random to me. Many things that happened were pretty cool but seemed to be put in for no reason? I also feel that Liv Tyler’s character was used very poorly. She seemed to be in the movie as an object for Roy’s hope. All she did was stare at him and be used for Roy’s hope and regret.

I feel like this movie started of good, but ended in frustration and disappointment. If you like space movies and beautiful visuals, I say rent it one day.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Nicolette Nicolette (Contributor) is a Chicago Native who loves watching movies (some definitely more than once). Her favorite genres include Thrillers and Dramas. When she's not at the movies you can most likely find her at a live concert, singing along to a Disney classic or binge watching Netflix.
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