By Emily-Jane Mathews (Galway, Ireland)


Ridley Scott cannot go wrong; again he has made an excellent film. If you have seen the trailer for this then you already know what it’s about, but I would advise you not to watch the trailer and go into the cinema with your minds wide open. I won’t give anything away but a few hints are, its set in space, there are space crafts but it’s not about space travel before you stop reading.

Some people are comparing it to Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. Yes, Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain are in both films but the story is way easier to understand and they are both different. It is in the same genre but it’s like when people compare The Prestige to The Illusionist, they are similar but they are not the same. It was pretty obvious what the end was going to be after the first 20 minutes but the questions I asked and the journey Ridley Scott took you through was not.

The visual picture and music were both excellent. It actually felt like Matt Damon was in space, the amount of time that must of taken to film and develop, it’s just breathtaking. It’s the sort of film where you can literally just sit back and relax. The story is easy to follow and all the actors played their parts really well. Jeff Daniels I thought was a really good choice, instead of the goofy Dumb & Dumber actor I had in my mind when I first saw him in the fil, by the end it had completely vanished once I saw the seriousness and powerfulness of his character. I loved how the little film memes in the film were completely oblivious to Kristen Wiig. She was the funny woman who didn’t know a thing about films and that little humor in The Martian made it also a funny watch. Kate Mara, Sean Bean and Michael Pena to name a few were really good in each of their roles.

A running time of 2 hours and 22 minutes is quite long but I thought it flew by and in a lot of the scenes I didn’t know what to expect. It did win the Hollywood film of the year award and it is a huge success at the box office. Costing $108 million it made $328.3 million. It is beating everyone at the box office and it will go down in history as one of the best space movies to watch.

It did get a bit tearful near the end but they were happy tears, heightened by the excellent use of music. I loved everything about this film, the costumes, camera angels and even the food in it didn’t look to bad (don’t worry you’ll get that joke when you watch the film). There was nothing that I didn’t like about The Martian, I would recommend anyone to see it and if you didn’t like Interstellar, like me, don’t be put off. I think it was way better than that, but go see for yourself.

Rating: 4/5



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