Movie Review – Ad Astra

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Movie Review - Ad AstraThis is a very intense and thought provoking movie. I can’t write the review today, but I’ll give it a B grade for now. I saw in in IMAX, which I recommend for the best “space” experience, and for the constant extreme closeups on Brad Pitt’s face.

Suffice to say for now the film (which means To The Stars in Latin) is extremely low key and existential. And is sort of about God without being anything about God at all.

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Much to add later. I’m sure future classes about philosophy will eat this movie for lunch and dinner.

D-Box Experience
You really feel the experience of the rocket ship at take off and some feeling of what it is like when they are weightless in space. For this movie, I would give the D-Box experience a 5 out of 10.  (Special thanks to Troy Borysko for the input.)

Grade: B

About The Peetimes: Although the movie is 2 hours, it was easy to find Peetimes. It’s a slow, contemplative film, with a lot of ‘scenery’ scenes, and closeups of Brad Pitt talking to himself. I recommend the 3rd Peetime at the halfway point — it’s a nice long break with nothing going on. A lot of people (like a dozen!) got up just before the climax and missed the best part of the film. So go proactively at the one-hour mark.

There are extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Ad Astra. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Rated (PG-13) for some violence and bloody images, and for brief strong language
Genres: Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

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  • Troy

    If you have D-Box seating in your area, pay the extra. D-Box seats for this movie, let’s you feel what a astronaut feels during lift off, and floating in space. On a scale of 1 – 10, 1 being bad and 10 being good. I give it a 7. Once you try a D-Box seat, you will want to see a movie with the D-Box seating. By the way, if the movie is in 3D it even adds to it. Ex: in a car chase, you feel every movement that the car makes and everything it hits.

    • jill florio

      Jill Florio Administrator

      Damn. Now I have to see it again. 😉

  • jill florio

    Jill Florio Administrator

    From a fan; possibly a spoiler:

    *Re: Ad Astra
    I didn’t stay for the beeps at the end of the credits. Could those have been the alien signals they were waiting for and never received?

    Morris Gavant

    My reply: That’s a very clever interpretation, and I’m going to use it as my Head Cannon. That would add a lovely poignancy/irony to the ending.

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