Before I bless you all with my many opinions of Ridley Scott’s film, “The Martian,” I’m going to begin by saying that we went to a new movie theater and my life is forever changed. My city was recently graced with the presence of a Ovations theater, meaning that my movie experience was accompanied by ample legroom, comfy recliner-style seats, and more popcorn than any two people should ever eat. To top it all off, the theater is in a shady part of town and nobody goes there, so we practically had the whole theater to ourselves, which we all know means fewer annoying people. If you have one of these theaters available for your viewing pleasure, treat yo-self.
Now, on to the movie. Long story short, it was awesome! First of all, the casting was perfection. When you read a book before seeing a film adaptation, you always risk the possibility of being disappointed with the film’s interpretation not matching your own. The cast of “The Martian” fit like puzzle pieces into what I had imagined. The special effects, however, were an awesome surprise. The depictions of Mars, the ARES 4, and the HAB were elaborate and entirely beyond the capacity of my imagination, and I’m endlessly glad to have been able to see what Weir may have intended.
For the most part, the movie stuck to the story like glue, but there were a number of discrepancies that I wasn’t expecting. Several important parts of the story were omitted entirely, like (some people might consider these SPOILERS so proceed accordingly) the loss of communication with NASA towards the end of the book, the storm before he reached Schiaparelli Crater and his brilliant solution, and the detailed error that caused the failure of the attempt to send supplies, among others.
I feel quite sure these were omitted purely based on time limitations. The film was less than 2 & 1/2 hours and, even though the book was small, it contained vast amounts of information that cannot all be contained in a 2 hour film. They managed to squeeze in all the major plot points, but I cannot stress how much better the book is at emphasizing the significance of every moment Mark continued to survive, the stressfulness of every move he made, and the delicate importance of every decision he made.
The movie MUST be seen, but preferably only after having finished the book!
5 STARS! MUST SEE!