Initial reviews of the Brad Pitt movie Ad Astra show that the movie hopes to pay homage to its predecessors.
To begin with, the movie not only reflects the space travel aspect of the genre, but also the philosophical and existential notions that tend to abound whilst in space. In particular, Ad Astra closely resembles the storyline of the classic Stanely Kubrick movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, as well as Interstellar.
Accordingly, the movie stars Brad Pitt as Roy McBride. McBride is a reluctant Astronaut who travels deep into outer space to search for his missing father. Apparently, as he journeys through space he comes across information that could potentially answer the questions surrounding the very existence of life. Notably, Academy Award Winner Tommy Lee Jones plays Pitt’s father in the movie. With a star-studded cast, Ad Astra sets high expectations among fans.
Incidentally, the Latin term Ad Astra directly translates to “to the stars”. And fans find this quite fitting given the nature and story of the film.
Ad Astra fares well with other Space Operas
Compared to other space opera films, this could very well be included in the list of best space films made.
According to reports, the film takes its cue from other space opera movies. Notably, the film’s director and producers checked out aspects of other similar films such as Arrival, Interstellar, and 2001. Additionally, the film tends to evoke nostalgia from the ’70s and 80’s science fiction movies that are not too reliant on CGIs.
However, what makes Ad Astra a true space opera is shown in the movie’s apparent relativism towards one’s internal cognition against the grandiose background of space.
The movie is due for release on September 18, 2019. It stars Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Liv Tyler, and Donald Sutherland.