What We Know About “Ad Astra” So Far (Is it next weekend yet?)

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Ad Astra Premiered in Venice Last Month…

…and so far the reception has been positive. I’ve written about how excited I am for this movie before, and the early reviews only add to that excitement. Metacritic gives James Gray’s new film a score of 81. Now, I know that’s too early to make any kind of real judgments because right now the only people who have seen it and reviewed it are critics. As such, we must remember that there is often a disparity between critic views and audience views. That’s how cult classics are formed. Given what we’ve been told so far, however, I don’t think Ad Astra will be counted among them.

No Spoilers, But Here’s What We Know

In an article she posted on Vulture.com, Christina Newland wrote about some of the things that we do know about Brad Pitt’s new “serious” space flick.

Before we get into what she said, though, let’s watch the trailer again!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBpxrvuC_Y4&vl=en

Looks Awesome, Huh?

Yeah, I thought so, too. This looks to be a true space fan’s movie. But while all the trailers have shown some level of good old-fashioned action, there is definitely more of a serious tone to this one.

Here’s What Newland Said about Ad Astra on Vulture (Remember, No spoilers):

  • Things Are Set in the Near Future

    • This wasn’t immediately made clear in the first couple of trailers that we saw. Apparently, though, it’s a future not too far away, in which there’s commercial lunar tourism, and the whole planet is fighting over resources.
  • Moon Pirates Are a Thing

    • It doesn’t take too much of a leap of imagination to conceptualize that as colonies and tourist destinations go up on the moon, so too will the population of hustlers, swindlers, and outright thieves finding innovative ways to fleece the unwitting. 
  • Its Tone is “Serious.”

    • This has been apparent from all of the trailers so far, but Newland tells us to imagine 2001: A Space Odyssee rather than Independence Day. Still, she also points out that there is no shortage of grizzly deaths. The trailers also hint at some incredible action sequences, so I’m expecting a fairly well-balanced movie. 
  • A Monkey

    • That’s right. Newland promised a Monkey. She wouldn’t say any more about it, nor would I if I were her, but that seals it. Gorram-it, I’m in!

Ad Astra opens nation-wide on September 20th. We’re just under two weeks away, folks. You can bet I’ll have a lot to say when I’ve sen it.

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Brandon Humphreys

Brandon Humphreys

I'm a wizard. I write stuff and it goes from my head into yours - Magic! Apart from that, I am the Senior Editor for Space Porn, a veteran, a rock guitarist, and a teacher.

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