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.