This much anticipated big-budget Space Epic adventure is finally here. With a cinematic style that hints to Kubricks 2001 and with an all-star cast. Ad Astra looks set to become a Sci-Fi Classic.
This year is the 50th Anniversary of the Moon landing, the world is back in the grip of the wonders of space exploration. It is clear that putting a man on the Moon was a huge achievement. Heaps of documentaries have been flooding our screens this month, giving us a highly detailed understanding of the people behind this amazing feat. However, the astronauts stand above all in capturing the imagination. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first men on the Moon. But the words spoken by Armstrong perhaps captured the moment perfectly “That's one small step for a man; one giant leap for mankind.”
It is fair to say that the timing of the release for Ad Astra is a very smart move. With both old and young firmly in the grip of Space fever. So, now get an epic Space adventure that will take us to the outer edge of the solar system or beyond. As a result, there has been lots of anticipation regarding this film, largely due to the talent that lies behind the creation of the film.
Now, this movie is all about the detail. James Gray Wrote, Directed and Produced this movie. He first spoke about the film way back in 2016 at the Cannes film festival. Even then he quoted that he wanted to “make the most realistic depiction of space travel”. Filming started in July 2017 and Brad Pitt was announced in April 2017. So it is clear that Gray wants to make a statement with this film.
I have to say, looking at both trailers. This looks like a great cinematic experience. Stunning camera shots and lighting techniques appear. Providing the visual complexity achieved by cinematic greats like Stanley Kubrick. In addition, it appears that the use of CGI has been used sympathetically, allowing a raw realism to cut through onscreen.
It is difficult to fully make out the full story without seeing the film. It is due for the very first screening at the Venice Film Festival. However, the premise seems to be based on a previous exploration to the outer edges of the solar system that disappeared many years before. Becomes the focus after a strange happening on Earth named the Surge. Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) must head out to find the Lima project and its commander who is also his father. The Lima project carried a cargo that could destroy all life in the solar system. What they find could change humankind forever.
One thing is for sure, this movie looks incredible and the cast is fantastic – Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Live Tyler and Donald Sutherland. So as long as the storyline is as good as the visuals and the clear acting talent flooding through the screen. We are all in for a fantastic space adventure treat this September.