A Quick Review: The Martian

14 Oct 2015


There's a pretty cool story behind the movie "The Martian". Well behind the story that would become a film. Writer Andy Weir wrote 'The Martian' as free story on his own personal blog. People were loving it so much, they asked if it could be downloadable so that they could read it on their Kindle. 

To add it to Amazon so people could download it, he had to set a price so Weir set it for $0.99.
The book took off, became a hit, and here we are today. Writing a movie review for it. 

Coming into the movie I think I had a certain idea in mind, just based on the space movies I've watched in the past few years. Gravity & Interstellar come to mind. Both of them great films but it is an error of judgement to lump The Martian with them simply because they all involve space travel. 

In The Martian, Astronaut Mark Watney gets abandoned on Mars after they believe he has died whilst all trying to escape from a large incoming storm. Spoiler alert (jokes) he's alive. (obviously)


Mark Watney has to figure out how to survive with the supplies that are leftover, until he can hopefully contact NASA and they can come and rescue him.

This film has such an all star cast, and they all do a wonderful job. I loved Donald Glover's albeit small role, especially where he fell over in the first take and they decided to keep it in. Kristen Wiig proves she can be spectacularly serious, Sean Bean avoids death, and Sebastian Stan longs for Steve Rogers. (probably)

Matt Damon makes for an amazing lead, and I'm not sure if anyone else could have done such a good job with the character. Positive, self-depreciating, charming. 

This movie has thrilling moments, where you're on the edge of your seat. The moments that make you laugh out loud, and others where you feel so hopeful and elated. 
These are quick reviews for a reason, no spoilers here. 

One of the best space movies I've seen in awhile. 

PS. People, it's not based on a true story.. they go to Mars!


Have you seen The Martian? What did you think?




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9 comments

  1. I've been wanting to see this, had no idea about the back story though,that's so cool!
    I always like how self deprecating Matt Damon is.

    Lucy x- Yellowicing

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  2. Sebastian Stan was 100% longing for Steve Rogers the entire time and no one can tell me otherwise.

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  3. My bf and I went to go watch this movie like two weeks ago and it was amazing !! Matt Damon palys the part really well

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

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  4. This sounds like a good movie & I can't wait to watch it!
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    Pretty Mad Things .. xo

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  5. I want to see this, but namely for Jessica Chastain and Sebastian Stan. Just because. I don't know why but space movies just don't seem to make me gravitate towards them? (See what I did there? Oh god I am a twit).

    Meg | A Little Twist Of…

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  6. Ah I haven't been to the cinema in soooo long, but I really want to see this! x

    poundingyounghearts.blogspot.com

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  7. so many people giving this 5 stars, must watch even though I would not pick it to watch myself (the bf is bugging me to go!)

    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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  8. I watched the Martian a week ago, and it still blows my mind! It's so visually stunning and honestly, Matt Damon carries the whole movie! You should have heard me squeal in the cinema when I saw Donald Glover. Oh, he makes my heart sing... <3

    xx Bash | Hey Bash | bloglovin'

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  9. Saw this a week or two ago and I'm still thinking about it - I seriously enjoyed this movie! Definitely loved all of those actors that I normally think of as comedians making an appearance too

    Ash / The Beauty Collection

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