Movie Review: Ad Astra

This film is directed by James Gray, and it stars Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Liv Tyler, Ruth Negga, Kimberly Elise, LisaGay Hamilton, and Loren Dean.

Roy McBride (Brad Pitt), an astronaut, goes on a journey to find his father. Clifford McBride (Tommy Lee Jones) left on a trip 30 years ago to never return. The film follows Roy seeking answers on what occurred to his father and to possibly face the chance of his father being alive.

I had a chance to watch this film last weekend, and I was slightly underwhelmed. It’s a slow film that underutilized the supporting cast. 90% of this film follows Brad Pitt in a sad and nearly numb state. He quickly passes a physiological test since because his blood pressure is never affected by any outside factors. I’m in no way saying that I don’t understand the reasons why Roy is in this state. I wanted to see more Liv Tyler and Tommy Lee Jones. The lack of dialogue and storyline (from secondary characters) didn’t engage me in either one of their stories. Perhaps I wasn’t the targeted audience because the father-son relationship never affected me. Pitt gives a stellar performance, and the visuals are breathtaking. The film, at times, gets boring, but I was in awe with the cinematography and stunning visuals that I was able to forgive it. I can’t help but wonder if, in the future, there will be some of these fast-food restaurants on the moon. There were some interesting aspects of this film, but I’m afraid I wanted more. I won’t be interested in watching this film again, but I firmly believe this type of film must be viewed on the big screen (if you can watch it on IMAX that’d be best). I didn’t love it as many critics do and I don’t dislike it like the majority of the movie-going audience. I’m right in the middle with this film.
I give this film a 5 out of 10

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