DIRECTED BY JAMES
REVIEWED BY DOUG SOLEM "J.R."
Thirty years ago,
Clifford McBride led a voyage into deep
space, but the ship and crew were never
heard from again. Now his son -- a fearless
astronaut -- must embark on a daring mission
to Neptune to uncover the truth about his
missing father and a mysterious power surge
that threatens the stability of the
universe. (Provided by Google)
Ad Astra is a modern day space epic starring
Brad Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones. Although
this story is about space and the survival
of the human race., it is more importantly
about the relationship of a father and son.
While watching this movie I was impressed by
Pitt’s performance. It was a much different
take than what audiences are used to seeing.
Possibly his most serious and career
defining role. The movie is supported
by its great writing and dialogue. I
found myself very intrigued by the different conversations throughout the
film. Theres a number of intense scenes
that induce anxiety and fear. However Pitt’s
character never seems to be effected by it.
His character is known for being calm, cool
and collected while keeping a low heart rate .
However, when Pitt is asked to go on a
secret mission to return his father to earth we begin
to see the underlying insecurities he’s been
dealing with. We realize he is a man who
lives in his fathers shadow. His father
abandoned him from an early age and disowned
his entire family. His fathers search for
intelligent life has consumed his purpose
and no longer finds a need for humanity. When
Pitt finally reaches his father in deep
space, it becomes apparent that all of this
is in fact true. As sad as it is to admit, it's the closure that Pitt’s character needed.
This is a beautiful story that relates to
anyone looking for acceptance in life. It
does a great job driving emotion from the
audience and raises serious questions about
purpose. I suggest everyone try
to see this movie while it is still in