Go see this movie. No, seriously, grab a friend, or two, or more, and go see this movie. 5 Stars. Then come back here and read the review.
Did you go see the movie?
What do you mean no?
Need more of a reason, here's the trailer:
Grab your keys and your wallet, or someone with keys and wallet and go see this movie, now.
Did you see the movie yet?
Well whether you have or not, spoilers ahead. Quite simply put, this is the best movie I've seen this year. Anyone who knows me knows that I hate it when movies deviate too far from the source materials, especially when it's a book. I hated movies like I-Robot, Starship Troopers, I Am Legend, etc... for doing just that. On the flip side I have praise the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter movies.
This movie, while taking certain liberties from the book, stuck to it fairly well. I understand why it it deviated too, most of the time it was to move the story along at a faster pace. While there were some scenes I would have liked to have seen, losing them didn't upset me. Even the additions didn't get my blood boiling. Yes, there were a couple that were there for the ego of the stars, but they were ok and I could pass them off. Even the extended ending, compared to the book, worked well in my opinion, it offered more closure.
I could sit down here for hours and dissect every scene of the film, but I won't. It it simply a great film. It is smart, it is funny, it is well paced, and it is believable. They didn't turn any of the characters into mustache twirling villains, and on some level you could relate to almost everyone in it.
This was a story about people coming together to save a single brave hero. And, it worked. It worked so well. I hope that Andy Weir gets a dump truck full of royalties for this movie.
And for those of you haven't read the book.
5 Stars, well earned by all involved. Now go see the movie if you haven' yet.