Ad Astra

Ad Astra ★★★★★

From the first few hypnotic frames of the film, you know you’re in for something special, a touching story of a son attempting to reject the rage and hate he’s inherited from his father, when it’s been discovered that his father may still be alive in space after his father’s mission to Neptune ends in tragedy at his own hands, he must retrieve his father and stop a power surge caused by his father’s ship from effecting the solar system and putting the lives on Earth at risk, Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) trails across the galaxy to complete this mission yet he’s unready for what lies ahead in the unknown, set against some of the best cinematography of last year, that is both meticulous and mesmerizing, elevating the story telling to such heights only films marked in history like 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner 2049 have been able to achieve, although still remaining grounded in reality when Roy denies himself the feelings he harbors much like his father did but comes full circle when his father allows Roy to release and confront his deep ceased feelings and is then able to correct his wrongs as a result of the hate and rage he no longer inhabits by the end of the film, a film where it’s great discovery is relatable and heartfelt, and makes the film stand apart from the other space centered films out there.

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