Ad Astra – A Movie Review

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Ad Astra is one of the best Sci-Fi movies ever made, and it’s for its three best qualities: its screenplay, its special effects, and its actors’ performances.

I went into Ad Astra relatively blind, only knowing that it can be summed up as “Brad Pitt in space”. However, it was more than that, and I was impressed. 

The world of Ad Astra is full of cool futuristic, yet plausible ideas. One that I loved was its commercial space travel. It feels so believable because companies now are already trying to monetize the space race.

I loved its commercial space travel. It feels so believable because companies now are already trying to monetize the space race.

The film was also set on two planetary bases; one on the Moon and one on Mars. Each base was divided and split evenly between all countries of Earth, with each country having a section for mining. It’s another cool and plausible idea that explores what would happen if we were to colonize such places. 

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Photo Credit: (Ad Astra the movie) Brad Pitt in space.

The special effects for Ad Astra were just below the quality of, say, Interstellar, which is still impressive for a film that had $65 million less than it in its budget. The film works around this constraint by sparingly, but effectively, using special effects, and using more physical props and scenes to nail the atmosphere. This also means that when the special effects are used, they can look up to snuff with such Sci-Fi giants as Interstellar

Lastly, Brad Pitt’s acting was phenomenal. His calmness during life-threatening situations perfectly captures the film’s character. Without going into too much detail, Brad Pitt’s character becomes a popular astronaut for having a 70bpm heartbeat during a space repair gone wrong. 

While people may say his character was boring and monotone, I think he played the character just how the director wanted him to.

While people may say his character was boring and monotone, I think he played the character just how the director wanted him to. However, I feel like some of the plot elements could’ve been explained better. 

Ad Astra checks almost all my boxes when it comes to Sci-Fi films. Its screenplay, special effects, and acting each deserves oscar-nominations, at least. I give, “Brad Pitt in Space,” uh I mean, Ad Astra, a glowing recommendation. 

Check out other movie reviews on the Tartan like Good Boys and Joker. 

Photo Credit: (Ad Astra the movie)

The Verdict
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    Score - 9.5/10
9.5/10

An Excellent Example of Sci-Fi

Ad Astra checks almost all my boxes when it comes to Sci-Fi films. Its screenplay, special effects, and acting each deserves oscar-nominations, at least. I give, “Brad Pitt in Space,” uh I mean, Ad Astra, a glowing recommendation.