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The Martian // A Film Review

20 Oct 2015

I don't understand people who describe themselves as not being 'a film person', or 'not enjoying going to the cinema'. I literally cannot get my head around this idea. To me, there's nothing more relaxing than snuggling into your bed or sofa, fairy lights on, popcorn at the ready and a relaxing movie. The only thing that beats that, depending on what mood you're in, is heading on down to the cinema for some big screen action. It was Saturday night and my friend invited me to see this film I'd never heard of. It was called 'The Martian' and had 93% rave reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. Now, if you call yourself a film lover then you'll know that 93% positive is pretty freaking amazing. I mean, some of the films I go to see have about 30% positive reviews and I still absolutely love them.

I expected it to be great, but I didn't expect it to be that great. Without meaning to make an awful generalisation, I thought it might be a bit like Gravity (that one with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney) and although I did enjoy that film, I didn't think that it lived up to the hype and it did kind of disappoint. 

The Martian is based on a novel by Andy Weir, and is a film based mainly on Mars about a guy who is believed to be dead and is left stranded by his crew on their mission. He is, in fact, alive, and the film follows his personal one-man journey, along with those in NASA who are also involved in the mission. Said guy is played by the ever wonderful Matt Damon, who I have to say looks pretty fine throughout the whole movie. I always find movies that are based solely on one character particularly interesting, because the actor/actress really can make or break the film. In this case, Damon absolutely made it and played the part fantastically. He was lovable, courageous, sexy, funny and everything in between. If you don't already consider yourself to be a Matt Damon fan, then you will after seeing him in The Martian. The other characters were great, and I particularly loved the appearance of Donald Glover from Community as the astrodynamics guy (I think that's what he was...)

In terms of the actual film and plot itself, The Martian is the perfect combination of light-hearted humour, scintillating problem solving and thrilling action. It wasn't too much action for someone who's a massive wimp like me, but plenty enough to get the adrenaline pumping and leave me on the edge of my seat a couple of times. Any film that makes me tear up also gets a gold star from me, especially if it's because of Matt Damon.

Probably my favourite thing about this film is that it is incredibly mentally stimulating. I won't sit here and pretend that I could follow all of the physics talk throughout the film (though there's not that much, don't worry), but I can't remember the last time I was so in awe of the intelligence of movie characters. It was so full of problems that required well thought out solutions, more problems, more solutions, more problems etc that I genuinely thought there was never going to be a happy ending. In fact, maybe there was and maybe there wasn't, I don't want to spoil it for anyone!

All in all, it was one of the best films I've seen in the long time, and this is coming from a self-confessed chick flick addict.

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