Monday, 5 October 2015

Blogtober | Film Review | The Martian

It's official. I am obsessed with films about space, and I even found myself googling space books for adults. I typed in space exploration when I was on Grazia, and got a very helpful post about why I should visit Iceland, but nothing about Space and I was disappointed, big time. After watching Interstellar a few weeks back, and being so impressed, I was so excited for the new space-based film to hit the cinema, The Martian.

Mark Watney is an astronaut who is left on Mars during an aborted mission to the planet, after his crew believed him to be dead. It turns out, that he survived the storm they were fleeing, but he is alone on a strange planet, with no way to contact NASA to let them know he was alive, and very rationed supplies. This story tells of his journey from being left alone on that planet by himself. He was the crew's botanist which obviously works in his favour, although the situation is obviously precarious and very much so a matter of life or death.

We saw this film in 3D, which although was pretty cool, I don't necessarily think it improved the film itself because we saw it in 3D. I think I would have enjoyed it just as much as I did if we had seen it in 2D. A lot of the film is focused on Mark (Matt Damon) alone, and I just don't think that the film needed 3D to make it a good film.

Both Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain starred in Interstellar, and they were both cast brilliantly once again. I liked that they reused the same people for a similar film - it made it more realistic because they had more experience of what they would be required to do, rather than hiring someone who had less experience in the field of films about space exploration. The other cast members were fantastic as well though, including Kristen Wiig who I love. The set scenery was also incredible, I believe it was filmed in a desert, but I think they made it look incredibly realistic - isn't it cool what we can do now in film!?

I really liked the fact that although the film was about a series topic, there were also some hilarious parts to it too. I actually laughed out loud at a couple of points, and I wasn't the only one! When we went to see the film, I didn't really expect to laugh much. I knew I would enjoy it but I was expecting it to be more a film of thought. Instead, there were elements of both which was fabulous. It made a great mix.

The Martian really was a fantastic film. I think Dan and I will probably have to go again, I mean it is kind of free with our cineworld cards so why not?

Do you like space films? Have you seen the martian?


  1. I really enjoyed reading The Martian so excited to see the film soon! Glad you enjoyed x

    Jasmin Charlotte

    1. I really wanted to read it first but then life caught up on me, I think I will have to read it because the film was so good, and I have heard that the film is quite a good representation xx


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