The Martian: “Science, Fuck Yeah!”

The Martian: “Science, Fuck Yeah!”

Lauren PesinMonday,5 October 2015

“The Martian” is one of the best movies I’ve seen in years. I give “The Martian” 4 plus stars (really, really good).

 Top Eight Reasons You Will Love “The Martian”:

1. Matt Damon, Matt Damon, Matt Damon, and Matt Damon

Only a handful of actors has the ability to keep an audience captivated and amused for more than two hours.  He successfully captures the audience, pulling them along on an emotional and multi-dimensional ride all the while maintaining a level of humor, purpose, and inspiration.  I give Matt Damon five stars for his performance. You Go, Matt!

2. The Supporting Cast: Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Kristen Wiig (always funny), Jeff Daniels (you want to hate him), Donald Glover (so good as a brain), Michael Pena (snarky), Sean Bean (yeah team Stark), Chiwetel Ejiofor (guiding force), Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie, MacKenzie Davis, and Benedict Wong (funny and lovable nerd). This is just a partial list of the supporting cast; all of them deserve accolades for their excellent screen portrayals.

3. Nerdy Humor: including the following funny lines:

– “I’m gonna have to science the shit out of this.”
– “Fuck you, Mars!”
– “Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped.”
“They say once you grow crops somewhere, you have officially ‘colonized’ it. So technically, I colonized Mars. In your face, Neil Armstrong!” 
– “I admit it’s fatally dangerous…But consider this: I’d get to fly around like Iron Man.”
– “…I can call it whatever I want to. I’m the King of Mars.”
– “So, technically, I’m a space pirate.”

4. Science Rules: Science fuels, innovates, inspires and creates discoveries. Most people consider science as it relates to space, the universe, our environment, and maybe medicine and energy. “The Martian” is a tribute to the raw power of science. I think most of our society believes in the power of science. However, what we don’t often think about, and what’s an ever present message in “The Martian,” is how science fundamentally saves lives. How awesome is that? “Quick, does anyone have a botany book?”

5. Cinematography and CGI: The vast views of Mars mountains, rocks, and desert are stunning. Details, including tornados, craters, and variations of the size and texture of grains of sand add to the realism of the Martian landscape. The use of video journals — which can be annoying (I’m looking at you “Blair Witch”) — seemed realistic and added a personal touch in “The Martian.”

6. The Plot: “The Martian” was more believable than the complex physics of “Interstellar” and less snooze worthy than “Gravity.” Matt Damon (Genius Botanist and Space Pirate) is abandoned on Mars by crew members who assumed he died during an emergency evacuation. He works wonders, using science and sheer willpower, during his fight to survive long enough to be rescued.

7. Emotional Drive: “The Martian” is ultimately driven by emotion. There’s no formula love story, nor predictable baby or pregnant wife at home. The crew, especially Matt Damon, love what they do and gladly accept the risks. Most movies, you know within the first segments how the story unfolds. This time, I actually found myself mesmerized in anticipation of the outcome. I knew what was likely going to happen, what I wanted to happen, and what could happen. I kept thinking, “Please make it home!” I cared about the people in the movie. Matt Damon had to survive for science and to make “Bourne” 6.

8. Potatoes: Lots and lots of potatoes, the official plant of Mars.

 I’m not sure what movie I’m holding out a five-star rating for. I just think a bit of tweakery could’ve made “The Martian” pacing perfect. I’m curious if anyone would argue “The Martian” deserves five stars, as in awesome and could not be improved in any way. Regardless, “The Martian” is truly a great movie.  I suggest you even spend the extra money for the 3D experience.

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