Film Review: Matt is my favourite Martian

The Martian. Pictured: Matt Damon. See PA Feature FILM Damon. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Twentieth Century Fox/Aidan Monaghan. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Damon. ANL-150210-160737001
The Martian. Pictured: Matt Damon. See PA Feature FILM Damon. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Twentieth Century Fox/Aidan Monaghan. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Damon. ANL-150210-160737001
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The Martian is the latest film directed by Sir Ridley Scott and it follows stranded astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) who is left for dead on Mars and must survive on minimal supplies.

This concept may sound slow paced and drawn out but The Martian is anything but boring. The editing is to thank for that and the film feels streamlined, fast paced but also epic in both scale and story development.

This pace is also developed by screenwriter Goddard who has created a story that manages to tap into the human traits of survival whilst never getting obvious. The themes established by Goddard are carried out faultlessly by Scott who manages to keep Watney’s story upbeat and optimistic but also tense and foreboding.

Damon and the entire cast are on top form here and they provide some much needed emotion which brought me to tears several times. Jeff Daniels and Sean Bean both play members of Nasa faced with dealing with Damon’s situation and they help to make the moments on Earth feel equally as fascinating as Watney’s story on Mars.

The Martian is filled with awe-inspiring visuals, heartfelt optimism and nail-biting scenarios and is no doubt one of the best blockbusters of the year.

George Bidwell