So, I finally saw Matt Damon trapped on Mars and I must say that the above meme really got my excitement flowing to see it and was a thorough warm-up to the main event.
If you don’t understand the above meme, watch the movie Team America World Police, or watch this clip from the movie https://youtu.be/gnPWJOJYVKc
I went with some good friends to an Issaquah theater and there planted my butt and waited for the sciency stuff to get going.
And boy did the sciency stuff really science up the story. Filled with science, a true science buff will love this movie as there are lots of references to math and astrophysics that I didn’t understand but must accept as truth for this story to make sense. You can’t base a movie upon being hard Science Fiction and have half-assed science right? Right? This isn’t Star Trek where you can say a futuristic sciency sounding word and fill a plot hole with it. NO! This is hard core science here, real life stuff, stuff that can and will happen at any moment and you must be ready. AT. ALL. TIMES. Thus extending the recent trend of movies trying to be realistic, yes that is a real trend my friends.
Okay, so I get what they were trying to accomplish here and I come out up front and admit that I didn’t read the book not even the first chapter. But I did hold a copy of someone’s in the Home Depot lunch room and pretended to read the last sentence on the last page and told everyone the famous last sentence was “And then he pooped his pants.” And here is where the book and the movie began to not live up to my expectations.
First off it is super hard to have satisfying character development when the main character has almost no other human interaction. He is always by himself, talking to himself, or recording cool video blogs of his progress in trying to make stuff he needs to survive, food, energy, water. There is humor in the movie, boy did they ever try to put humor here and in many places it is sciency humor that only super sciency people will get, which I am not so that is why I found the humor to be really lacking in places. I don’t know, just not my type of jokes I guess. Science guys that work in science labs will probably love it or anyone who is really literal and left brained. Is left brained the literal sciency one? I am so the other type of brained that I can’t even remember what the sciency one is, but whatever it is, it’s the opposite of me. The most relate-able humor was Matt Damon swearing or falling down.
If this movie were to be remade I would request lots more explosions and stuff going wrong for Matt Damon and maybe an evil alien or bad guy astronaut on Mars trying to kill him or steal his freeze dried teriyaki chicken and them having space fights and making space weapons out of the scant materials they have left and then Matt Damon finishing him off and laying down the final scene stealing one liner, something like “This planet is mine.” or “Get off my planet.” or “Your epidermis is showing.”
But overall, Ridley Scott did a good job considering it is super hard to make something with this type of tone and with basically the main character being all alone the entire movie and trying to adapt it from a book which makes it even more super hard. So, 2.5 stars out of 4 for the Martian even considering the theater broke down at the climax and we had to wait 30 minutes for them to fix the projector which they did.
I leave you with an interesting fact that I found from another meme I saw on imgur.com that states; “Between Saving Private Ryan, Interstellar, and now The Martian, America has spent a lot of time and money trying to save Matt Damon.” Thank you, thank you very much.
Alright, Sayonara. I’m out.