I went to see The Martian movie last Thursday. I don’t feel qualified to review it because I don’t watch many movies. The Martian is actually only the second movie I’ve seen so far this year. I’ve watched bits of other movies, but I rarely have the patience and attention span to sit through a whole one. So, this post is more of a ramble than a review. Seriously, I have no idea what I’m talking about.
Overall, I really liked the movie. There is a lot of action, and the actors did a great job with their roles. Sometimes with book-to-movie adaptations, the actors don’t match up to how the characters are in my head. That wasn’t the case with this movie. The actors did a believable job of portraying the characters.
If you didn’t like the book, you might like the movie. It’s less sciencey and more intense. The action scenes from the book translate really well to the screen. The main character, Mark Watney, also shows a bigger range of emotion in the movie. One of my complaints about the book is that Mark is just sarcastic all the time. His emotions didn’t always seem realistic. The movie character still has a great sense of humor, but I think the movie character is more believable than the book character.
There are a lot of things I like about the movie. It’s funny, and the music is awesome. The scenes that take place on Mars are my favorite. There’s one scene that has tornadoes in the background. It looks so cool.
Some stuff from the book was changed or left out of the movie. Most of the changes happen at the end. I prefer the book ending because it seems more realistic to me (not that I know anything about space), but I understand why the changes were made. The movie-makers wanted more drama and more closure.
The only thing that disappointed me about the movie is Mark’s journey across Mars at the end. It’s way, way shorter in the movie than in the book. I guess it would have been expensive for the movie studio to create, and it would have made the movie much longer, but I really wanted to see it.
The Martian is an entertaining way to spend a few hours. It follows the book better than a lot of adaptations. I enjoyed it.