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Movie Review: Ad Astra

| by Winter Lawrence |

Ad Astra

Description: PG-13 | Science Fiction | Adventure | Psychological Thriller

Starring: Brad Pitt | Tommy Lee Jones | Liv Tyler | Ruth Negga

The Story: Astronaut Roy McBride undertakes a mission across an unforgiving solar system to uncover the truth about his missing father and his doomed expedition that now, thirty years later, threatens the universe.

Winter’s Review: This movie starts off with a bang and the action and suspense pretty much never let up! If you’re a true science-fiction geek like me, you’ll love this film! There are lots of fantastic, breathtaking views, a ton of really cool gadgets and gizmos, and the premise, while still a bit far-reaching, is palpable and tangible. With the cool technology and the commercial flights to the moon, this movie can be our future! Of course, a true science fiction movie can’t be watch-worthy without also exploring the dark, corruptible side of humanity. Ad Astra perfectly captures how reaching “to the stars” comes with its fair share of corporate greed, government cover-ups, and the general plights of the human condition. With that being said, I did love that the film seemed to capture the authentic struggles we’ll face as we begin our exploration of space. The psychological hurdles that Brad Pitt’s character has to overcome are entirely believable and relatable, and he did an excellent job of capturing all those raw emotions.

Listen, I will say that it was a lot more cerebral than I anticipated—which, sadly, may put some folks off—but the science-fiction geek in me loved every second of it and I adored the ending, so I highly recommend that everyone go and catch it on the big screen (at an IMAX if you can), because it’s definitely worth the trip to the theater!

Winter’s Forecast: 5 Flurries!

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Winter’s Forecast runs on a Five-Flurry Rating System, with five being a perfect storm of fantastic acting, astounding storylines and film components, and an all-around amazing movie-going experience. Here’s the rest of the breakdown:

Winter's Five-Flurry Rating System


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