The Martian is now showing at the http://gardencitycinema.co.uk/film-the-martian-808 in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire.
I was really looking forward to The Martian, the trailer was interesting, funny and from what I’d heard the film had been praised for its scientific accuracy. So it disappoints me to say..I really didn’t like it.
Directed by Ridley Scott, this sci-fi drama, comedy, whatever it wants to call itself ,lost in space story centres on Mark Watney (Matt Damon) a botanist stranded on Mars. Presumed dead after a freak storm forces his crew mates to leave Mars, Mark must find a way to survive until he can be rescued, but with limited resources, he may not survive long enough to be rescued.
Mark spends his days making video diaries of his days on Mars, documenting his various experiments including using his botany skills to grow food. Once NASA, discover he’s still alive, they try to find a way to bring him home.
Mark Watney, is an arrogant, narcissist who could not be more bland if he tried. His corny dialogue felt forced and the comedy made me cringe more than once.
This guy has a solution for everything! (where is he getting all that tarp from?!) Nothing phases him. This is interpreted by a lot of people as ingenuity and a tenacious mind but, by robbing him of tension and emotional conflict this leaves his character bereft of…character.
He’s a one dimensional, fairly unlikeable guy and by the end of the film I couldn’t have cared less if the mission to rescue him succeeded or failed.
I haven’t read the book, although I hear it’s great, but for me, the more interesting stuff was happening between NASA director played by Jeff Daniels and his employees including engineer played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, PR manager played by Kristen Wiig and crew supervisor played by Sean Bean.
Conversations about cover ups and keeping secrets from the crew still in space heading home felt more intriguing than Macgyver in space!
To be fair The Martian is doing very well at the boxoffice and there are plenty of people who loved this film so perhaps you’ll be one of them.
Go see it and let me know what you think.
Click the link to book tickets to see The Martian at the Garden City Cinema in Welwyn Garden City.