Ad Astra: “To the Stars.”
by Hannah S.
This drama, recently released, finds Roy McBridge (Brad Pitt) grappling with family and perfectionism. McBride, whose father disappeared 30 years ago on a mission to explore life beyond planet Earth, is forced to travel to the outer edge of the solar system. At the outer edges of the solar system, McBride finds himself in the same place where his father disappeared.
The focus of the film is on Roy McBride’s struggle with the absence of his father in his life and the psychological effects of working in such difficult circumstances. Throughout the movie, the viewer sees snippets of McBride’s emotions amidst his facade of indifference.
The movie’s setting is a not-so-distant future in which people vacation on an overly-commercialized version of our moon, along with the undisputed territory on the moon which causes conflict for McBride and his crew mates.
One potential problem with science-lovers is that the movie in many ways does not comply with the laws of physics. To some, that’s the price that an emotionally-evoking movie has to pay. Ad Astra is more of a drama than a true science fiction: although there are some scientifically thought-provoking aspects, the main focus is on the effect of the mission on McBride.
Filled with stunning visuals and incredible music, Ad Astra was a tear-jerker for many in the theater. Although Ad Astra faced a long, perhaps drawn-out conclusion, the movie was about McBride’s end, which, as many do, take time to come.
Existential while intimate, Ad Astra is a movie about loneliness and courage, which often come hand in hand.
Along with one of Pitt’s stronger performances, Ad Astra had a unique and almost overwhelmingly beautiful musical composition; paired with stunning shots of space as we know it, it made for an awesome piece.