My Review: The Martian

Photo: Chris White The Oscars ceremony is still four months away, but Ridley Scott's The Martian  has already received some Oscar b...

Photo: Chris White
The Oscars ceremony is still four months away, but Ridley Scott's The Martian has already received some Oscar buzz - and rightly so.

The film is based on the 2011 Andy Weir book and stars Matt Damon as Nick Watney, an astronaut who's team is caught in a fierce storm on Mars during a mission. Nowhere to be found after getting hit by a piece of debris, Watney is presumed dead and is left on Mars by his team. Miraculously, Watney survived and must now fend for himself and survive on this volatile planet - and communicate with NASA that he's actually alive.

As I opened this review, The Martian should definitely get Oscar buzz, and a lot of it. I'll start with the acting. Damon gives one of the - if not the - performance of his career. That's saying a lot given the incredible career he's had. This film is about 80-20 as far as screen time for Damon and his counterparts, with Damon often being the only character in a scene, delivering a monologue for several minutes as we witness his Watney triumph and struggle to survive. Performances from Jeff Daniels, Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor - and even Kristen Wiig - were brilliant as well and should not be overlooked. On the choice of Wiig in this film, it was interesting to see her in more of a dramatic role as opposed to comedic roles as I'm accustomed to seeing her portray - but it worked. The technical side of things was genius as well, completely immersing the audience into Watney's story and making the audience feel like it is right there, trapped on Mars with Watney. The film's 184-minute runtime may be a bit long for some, but I thought it was just right.

Bottom line here, The Martian is a must-see! The film is not all doom and gloom. It has several lighthearted moments built in which kept me interested and entertained. No doubt, it's deserving of any buzz it gets from here on out.

I Give It An: A

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