One of the years most anticipated films just had a big bunch of reviews released, and many critics are calling it the best film of the year. Not only that, but many are saying its star Matt Damon’s best performance in years, and that its also Scott’s best film as director in well over a decade.
Basically, The Martian is looking really, REALLY good, so take a look at some reviews below:
Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly:
“If you had to boil Ridley Scott‘s ‘The Martian’ down to five words, you could do worse than this: ‘Matt Damon lost in space.’ Thankfully, I have more room than that. And I’m glad I do, because Scott’s sci-fi adventure is the kind of film you leave the theater itching to tell your friends to see. Like ‘Apollo 13’ and ‘Gravity,’ it turns science and problem solving into an edge-of-your-seat experience.”
Lou Lumenick, New York Post:
“An unpretentious popcorn classic that builds to a white-knuckle climax, the nerd-driven space opera ‘The Martian’ is the best thing that either Matt Damon and director Ridley Scott have done in years.”
Sean O’Connell, CinemaBlend:
“‘The Martian’ plays more as an roller-coaster event picture, but appeals to the smarter, more mature and demanding audiences who tend to turn out for end-of-year dramatic fare. It bridges the gap between effects-driven tentpoles and Oscar-seeking human dramas. No matter your taste, you’ll find something to celebrate here. It’s one of the year’s best films.”
Ali Plumb, Digital Spy:
“‘The Martian’ is Ridley Scott‘s best film in nearly 15 years. Part science lesson, part ‘Robinson Crusoe’ drama, this is exciting and engaging filmmaking that reminds you just how good the seminal sci-fi director can be with the right script and the right story.”
Alison Willmore, Buzzfeed:
“‘The Martian’ is a sprawling, international adventure with some thrilling space sequences and some windows in which wonder is allowed to filter through, but its satisfactions are really those of a workplace drama. It’s ultimately about people who are great at and who love their jobs, love them enough to risk death and to feel lucky to have had the chance, even in the face of those odds. For a movie that avoids the grandstanding of something like ‘Interstellar,’ in which Damon and Chastain also starred, ‘The Martian’ turns out to be almost shockingly poignant in its affirmation not of a lone great man but of what can be done when capable people work together, one step at a time.”
Rebecca Pahle, Film Journal International:
“Weir’s enormously entertaining book, combined with Goddard’s light, genre-savvy touch and Scott’s always-brilliant visual sensibility, gives audiences a movie that is at once a rollicking good time (its two hours and 21 minutes fly by) and extremely emotionally affecting. Mark Watney may be a smart-ass–it’s a large part of what makes him, and as a result the movie itself, so fun to watch–but he also knows full well that he’s probably going to die millions upon millions of miles away from any other human being. Damon plays that contrast splendidly, the sheer terror he conveys in some scenes counterbalancing his dogged stick-to-itiveness in the rest of the movie. His supporting cast doesn’t let him down–there are a lot of big names, but all of them get their moment, and no one feels like they were stunt-cast (a risk in particular for Wiig, best known for comedies). For all his recent difficulties, it looks like Ridley Scott‘s still got it.”
Scott Tobias, GQ:
“‘The Martian’ is less a coup de cinema than ‘Gravity,’ which jettisons through open space with swooping 720-degree camera moves, but it’s a triumph of another kind, an ode to problem-solving and sticktuitiveness.”
Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair:
“If you are worried about heading to space again with Ridley Scott after the grim, muddled ‘Prometheus,’ fear not. His new space yarn, ‘The Martian,’ based on the science-heavy novel by Andy Weir, is a pure delight, a tense survival tale leavened by an abundance of geeky wit and an array of fine actors at their snappy best. It’s the first Ridley Scott picture in a long time that feels energized by its scope and ambition rather than buried under it.
Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com:
“Ridley Scott‘s ‘The Martian’ is a thoroughly entertaining blockbuster that values intelligence, science and teamwork over superpowers and strength. Anchored greatly by Matt Damon‘s best performance in years and gilded by the kind of precise technical elements that a veteran director like Scott brings to a multi-million dollar production, ‘The Martian’ is remarkably crowd-pleasing.”
Positive reviews indeed. A new clip has also been released, showcasing what many are calling a perfect mix of sci-fi talk and lighthearted comedy to ease the nail biting tension.
The Martian is directed by Ridley Scott, with Drew Goddard adapting the novel written by Andy Weir. The cast includes Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. Based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, THE MARTIAN features a star studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.
The Martian lands in UK cinemas 2nd October.