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AD ASTRA
DIRECTED BY JAMES GRAY
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 theaters. 


I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars.

Enjoy!


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