Ad Astra falls short


Ad Astra had a lot of potential, with actors like Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, and Liv Tyler. And the film did some things really well, like how the movie was set in the future, but they still kept it realistic, without going overboard. But it definitely was missing a few things. There were some plot holes and events that happened for no reason. There were many things that didn’t make sense or parts that were not explained properly. Because the movie was set in space, the producers really sold the thoughts of the emptiness and loneliness of the character very well. The many visual effects that it had looked really good, such as the space stations.
The name explains the themes of the story really well because Ad Astra means “to the stars” in Latin. The movie is all about a man named Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) who is a really good astronaut. He never gets nervous and his heart rate has never gone over 80 BPM, he is also the son of a famous astronaut, Clifford McBride (Tommy Lee Jones) who was sent on a mission to find extraterrestrial life, but his craft disappeared 16 years into the mission and he and his team were believed to be dead. Years later Roy is sent on a special mission to Mars to stop the surge, which causes electronic equipment to short circuit or explode all over Earth. This mission leads him all the way to Neptune where he finally found what he was searching for.
The movie did not have much humor but had a bit of gore. One of the scenes was quite violent and happened for no reason. In this part, someone’s nose gets bitten off by giant space monkeys!
But to sum it up, Brad Pitt in space. That is all you need to know.