On Monday I finally got to watch my second-most anticipated film of the year, The Martian (Star Wars in December tops my list). It was a superb film. I could have watched it again, straight afterwards. It was that good. Unfortunately, another two and a half hours of the big screen would have been a ticket to migraine-city.
I was always going to be biased when it came to The Martian. The book upon which it is based by Andy Weir was my top read of 2014, and made it into my top ten science fiction reads ever list. If you're a science fiction fan, you need to read it.
The film wasn't absolutely faithful to the book, and that was okay. When I read it, I knew they would have to make some changes for it to work as a movie. It still did a superb job of capturing the books tone, humour, emotional impact, and of course the science. The Martian worked on all levels - casting, script, special effects, soundtrack. In fact, the only part I disliked was how they did the end credits. A minor point after two hours and 24 minutes of one of the best space-related films I've ever seen.
Go see it!
While I have your attention, I'm over at Untethered Realms today talking about films and TV programmes that literally made me scream out loud. If you have the time, please pop by and share yours.