It is a film that made me laugh because it was funny, laugh because otherwise I’d want to cry, cry at one of the sweetest romances on screen, and applaud both during and at the end.
The Martian starts with accidental abandonment of botanist Mark Watney on Mars. Going into the film I was worried about how this core premise would be justified without presenting the other characters as incompetent or negligent of their teammates’ safety. This turns out to be well handled, whilst still being an emotional driver for the later actions of the crew of the Hermes. Continue reading
I think that I’ve only seen Apollo 13 twice which is a bit of an oversight given my love for The Right Stuff, Wings of Honneamise, Rocket Girls, Planetes, etc. Last night with friends was the second time, and it only emphasised how much of an oversight that was.
Apollo 13 looks fabulous, is supported by superb sound design, and feels real throughout. If I didn’t already know the ending the tension generated by Ron Howard’s deft direction would be almost unbearable. Continue reading