So, I found myself with some time on my hands and I was able to get to the cinema to watch a movie and I caught Ridley Scott’s The Martian. I would have loved to catch The Intern as well with Anne Hathaway but I only really had time to watch one movie and so I chose to watch the more recent release as it would be better to do a review of that film (The Intern had already been showing for a week).
It’s nice to see Ridley Scott is back in fine form and playing around the themes of hope and injecting his film with a lot of levity this time around (Exodus: Gods and Kings and The Counsellor were rather bleak, though they had funny moments) and it is a welcome departure.
Here’s my review of The Martian: The Martian: Making Science Super Cool (link / Juice.ph)
I have always liked Matt Damon as an actor and the earlier interviews I’ve read about him in the late 90s and the early part of 2000s always painted a humble, modest, hard-working actor but lately, his off-screen persona and the things that come out of his mouth has showed him to be less than an ideal person to get to know. But I will not discount his ability to write a good script (Good Will Hunting) and how terribly good he is as an actor. It is unfortunate that he thinks the way that he does over many things (but honestly, I should really read more about the issues than just take it all on hearsay and second-hand news) but they are troubling.
But I still think an actor’s work as an actor should be taken separately from the lives they lead in their personal lives. I don’t know. There are people whose music I like but when I read about the things they say on interviews, I can’t stand them as people. But to say that I don’t like their music would be hypocritical.
But regardless, I loved The Martian and I really enjoyed it as a film and I think Ridley Scott is back in fine form and ready to do more films again and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.