While that makes a lot of movies boring, Ad Astra worked for me. Don't get me wrong, it's a movie that feels long on purpose and expects you to be patient. I went in prepared, so to me it felt almost medidative.
This is owed first and foremost to the great soundtrack, the grandious visuals and the brilliant cinematography. It's obvious a lot of passionate and visually gifted people were at work here, as this movie is simply beautiful to look at. The atmosphere of space, emptiness, coldness and loneliness has seldomely been better put to film.
But space is only an allegory for the emptiness, coldness and loneliness of the main character Roy McBride played by Brat Pitt. The story depicts him dealing with his emotional void and his trip to find his father as a desperate attempt to reignite his own humanity. Pitt does a great subtle job portraying a technical mind seperated from his emotions.
There are some goofy scenes, the screenplay doesn't quite hit the mark it's aiming for and it takes almost as many liberties with physics as "Gravity". As such it falls short of compareable movies like "Odyssey 2001" and "Interstellar". I still enjoyed it for what it is: A beautiful movie.
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