Flash Movie Review: Ad Astra
THE WORDS THAT NEVER GET SPOKEN to a loved one will remain inside of you always. They become part of your inner dialog, emerging periodically to your consciousness like buried treasure, whenever you think of that person who is no longer in your life. A friend of mine experienced such a thing when his brother one night took off, never to be heard from again. My friend told me there was a big fight between his brother and their parents; he never told me what the argument was about, nor did I ask. In the heat of the fight, the brother said at some point he did not want to be around his parents anymore. I remember my friend telling me he was shocked by that comment. A few days later the brother packed up his clothing and left in the middle of the night. My friend was devastated when he woke up the following morning. There was no note left behind; the brother did not send a message or word to his brother to let him know he was okay. I could see the pain across my friend’s face. I tried to comfort him, suggesting the brother might reach out to him once he arrived at his destination and settled down. He never called. BESIDES THIS FRIEND I ONLY KNEW a couple of other households that experienced a family loss. With each one, the family member I knew suffered a long grieving period due to not saying goodbye. Because I was at a young age, I could not grasp the scope of such pain. The only way I could relate to it took place several years later when I had experienced breakups from a couple of long-term relationships. Physical death was not a factor, but I still felt the pain of loss. In one relationship I was left without closure; they simply said they could “not do this anymore” and decided to leave. My loss was accentuated by the sudden stoppage of our blended routines. I never realized how prickly routines could be when you try doing them yourself. They are a constant reminder of how your life used to be. Now, I can see if you were the one to end the relationship then those past routines would be the fuel that pushes you to your new life; it makes sense to me. However, not getting the opportunity to have a say in the demise of a relationship can have a profound effect upon one’s psyche. The main character in this dramatic, science fiction mystery can show you. WITH EARTH EXPERIENCING UNEXPLAINED POWER SURGES, the little evidence that could be found led to a past space mission that ceased communications. The astronaut chosen to investigate the mystery was the son of the captain from the lost mission. With Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, By the Sea) as Roy McBride, Tommy Lee Jones (The Homesman, Shock and Awe) as H. Clifford McBride, Ruth Negga (Loving, World War Z) as Helen Lantos, Donald Sutherland (The Hunger Games franchise, The Leisure Seeker) as Thomas Pruitt and Kimberly Elisa (Death Wish, The Manchurian Candidate) as Lorraine Deavers; watching this film felt like I was privy to a psychological study. The script and the directing kept a deliberate, methodical slow pace. Because I was involved with psychology in college, I found this movie interesting. However, I am not sure many other viewers would feel the same. Visually the picture was beautiful, and Brad’s performance was outstanding. Overall, I enjoyed learning the story in the movie but there were times I felt it dragged along. I may still be thinking about this film, but I feel complete in having told you what I thought about this outer space, adventure movie.
2 ¾ stars
Posted on September 24, 2019, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged 2 3/4 stars, adventure, astronaut, brad pitt, donald sutherland, drama, kimberly elisa, mystery, outer space, ruth negga, science fiction, tommy lee jones. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.
David and I did NOT like this movie, way to slow, the speech was slow the action was slow the pace was slow. But the plot and the ending were really great. We just wish there was some action built into it. Deep, thoughtful and meaningful, but SLOW.
Hi Laura, Thank you for telling me your thoughts on this film. It indeed was slow but I did enjoy Brad’s performance.
Yeah we know different movies for different people we definitely get that and we’re glad you enjoyed it but again it was a good movie just super slow
Thanks for this. It got me interested to watch the movie. I wasn’t going to as I’m not a Brad Pitt fan, but I now I will definitely watch the movie.
Thank you for telling me Therese. When you see it I would enjoy hearing back from you to see how you liked it.
I finally got to watched it, and I liked it. Yes, it was slow in its development, but it felt like it echoes the very slow movement of time for Roy in his uncertainty regarding the fate of his father. This is the only Brad Pitt movie that made me like him as an actor. hehehe. I like everything about the movie. I think it’s a good thing that though I get excited reading about NASA’s programs, I don’t really know much about science or I will find something that’s wrong in the movie. Lol. So yeah, thanks again for your review that led me to watch the movie. I am also going to write about it when I find time.
Thank you for circling around to tell me you saw this film and I am happy you enjoyed it. Like you I am not familiar with intense science facts which I was grateful for while seeing this film. lol
Have a happy holiday season.
Thanks! You too!🌲
I liked this movie and felt it gave new meaning to the father- son connection. Sometimes you have to make choices whether it’s truly worth it to support your family.
So true, thank you for your comments.