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3.3
677 Ratings

Ad Astra

Directed by James Gray
United States, Brazil, 2019
Drama, Sci-Fi, Adventure

Synopsis

Astronaut Roy McBride undertakes a mission across an unforgiving solar system to uncover the truth about his missing father and his doomed expedition that now, 30 years later, threatens the universe.

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Ad Astra Directed by James Gray
What has long distinguished Gray, and what rings true in even this, his grandest and in some ways most complex movie, is that his movies peer inward, not outward—toward longing, frustration, uncertainty, and rattled expectations, rather than toward resolution. Towards the sublime, rather than toward unquestioning third acts.
September 23, 2019
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Known for making intimately scaled epics, it may not surprise that James Gray’s Ad Astra retains the epic, but it’s in rendering his space odyssey as intimate as he does that makes it such an impressive achievement.
September 20, 2019
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These unguarded moments are made all the more touching by the shades of sorrow that sweep across Pitt’s face: a beautiful vista of still-boyish handsomeness that bears the signs of senescence—the wrinkles, the pouches under the eyes, the no-longer-drum-taut cheeks—with grace rather than terror.
September 20, 2019
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What are people saying?

  • chanandre's rating of the film Ad Astra

    [IMAX] 'Will live and love.' (pause) 'Submit.'*fade to black*/"Now we know we're all we've got"='You're all I have, you're all I wanted to have'. Mr. O'Brien goes to space rife with daddy issues & leave-me-alones. Q&As oblivion. Hitchhikes back to life via hope. [Pitt's eyes are the bluest planet of the 10s.] Solaris, 2001, Sunshine, Interstellar, Alien, The Tree of Life & Mad Max: all still seatin' in a PTA meeting.

  • Ghostman's rating of the film Ad Astra

    One of the most perceptive and pragmatic visions for a space film ever. It certainly is the most soberly realized. James Gray has always been one of America's finest filmmakers, I'm glad he got to work on a film of this scope and size. Still, I wonder if this really was his director's cut. Also, this here is probably Brad Pitt's finest work as an actor.

  • VincentVendetta's rating of the film Ad Astra

    The promise of progress. A mirror to The Lost City of Z, but also to recent nostalgic, proud space exploration films (First Man, Interstellar, The Martian). A black book of America in its mythical quest for higher meaning, through God or science. As civilization goes further and further into the future, the sins and the violence of the past come back into the present. A flawed masterpiece hidden in a great film.

  • Bilouaustria's rating of the film Ad Astra

    CINEMA _ James Gray is definitely on a bad trajectory, since his great early work or what we interpretated as such. Twenty + years later, the magic is completely gone but "Ad Astra" has weirdly some hypnotic quality, thanks to Hoyte Van Hoytema, well until you realize how absolutely inept the script is (bad writing meets fantastic production). Has Gray still something to say, far from NYC and his roots ? Nooope.

  • ig_____or's rating of the film Ad Astra

    An existentialist mood piece where Brad Pitt shines brighter than any star, with his lingering eyes and desolate expression, while still holding on to that unmistakable charisma of a true leading man. Ruth Negga is also marvellous in the very few minutes she's on screen. Liv Tyler, sadly, served no purpose. A visual marvel... very glad to have seen this one on a cinema screen.

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Ad Astra

    I thought I knew what to expect from a James Gray hard sci-fi film, but by the time Gray was staging a "Mad Max" homage on the moon, I realized he'd thrown out the usual playbook. "Ad Astra" strikes that fine balance between big screen spectacle and contemplative storytelling, and I can't imagine anyone other than Brad Pitt in the lead. Sometimes you have to go to the edge of the galaxy to achieve mindfulness.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Ad Astra

    Gray's foray into big budget studio filmmaking surprisingly does not compromise the artistic standards he set in his previous oeuvre. Take out the sci-fi elements and were still left with a gripping story of a man with deeply repressed issues dealing with expectations, paternal disappointment and a self prescribed lack of emotion.This film wears its influences but transcends them as well. Pitt gives a superb turn.

  • Andhika Eka Buana's rating of the film Ad Astra

    Probably not the first one to think of it this way but....wow APOCALYPSE NOW in space?? Also funny how it mirrors other 2019's contemporary America film ONCE UPON A TIME...IN HOLLYWOOD by having Brad Pitt being the coolest (and the "coolest") man on earth and by both having their directors being out of characters for the majority of the film before getting back to their selves in the third act of respective films.

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