Now that August has passed and we are pushing toward the end of September, the supposed dead period of movie releases is now over. With that, the release of Rambo, Goldfinch, and most importantly Ad Astra had people excited. After all, who doesn’t like seeing a space based movie in IMAX. Space has always proved to be a strong interest for people as it is the unknown. Throw in Brad Pitt as the lead and its no wonder why people wanted to see this.
After seeing Ad Astra though I can’t help but feel this movie was a massive disappointment. This movie had a decent cast, a strong storyline and a cool atmosphere, but was not engaging in the least.
The strongest part of the movie was without a doubt the imagery and visuals. The movie in IMAX looked beautiful, super realistic, and very appealing. For a space movie, the visuals absolutely lived up to the hype and then some. I was blown away how real the space ships and various backgrounds looked.
Another strong part was the performance of Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones. Both were very strong in their roles, with Pitt shouldering a large chunk of the movie mostly by himself. The movie featured a lot of solo shots with Pitt showcasing his acting chops, something that had me reminded of the movie Gravity, a space movie with Sandra Bullock.
As far as Tommy Lee Jones, his role was very small, but he made his screen time count. Jones plays Pitt’s father, but does a good job coming across unattached and cold, yet still emotionally struggling with the lack of a role he had in Pitt’s life.