The Martian follows Botanist and Astronaut Mark Watney during a planned mission to Mars in which he is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. However, Watney has actually survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet with meagre supplies as he attempts to find a way to signal earth he’s still alive.
After reading the novel, words cannot describe how excited I became for this film and it was quite faithful to the source material. Screenwriter Drew Goddard managed to successfully translate what author Andy Weir set out in the novel – the sarcastic dialogue and depth in it’s characters all backed up by scientific fact.
This film doesn’t waste any time getting started as it quickly sets the plot in motion as the crew leave Watney behind. Aside from one or two larger time jumps which were ultimately necessary to keep the story moving, the pacing was solid and kept us interested.
Director Ridley Scott is definitely back on top of his game. His previous attempts in The Counselor and Exodus: Gods and Kings are completely behind him that were definitely slumps in his proud career. The Martian marks his return to form, the comedic elements truly coming to light under his direction and the suburb performances by the cast. It’s absolutely captivating, enjoyable, and full of personality from beginning to end.
The cast carried the script into fruition, and most notably that of Matt Damon (despite the ever running Team America gag). He has such an incredibly heavy weight on his shoulders that he has to carry and he carries it incredibly well. He delivers his lines of sarcastic dialogue with ease and is a great fit for the Mark Watney the book portrays. Chiwetel Ejiofor especially makes a strong impression in his supporting role with the rest of the cast providing small yet meaningful moments dotted throughout their film.
This film is highly intelligent without making you feel like an idiot for not totally understanding the science behind it. It puts it in a way in which us as the audience will understand.
One of the most intelligently humours films of the year.