Thoughts on The Martian

I know I’m a bit behind the times, but I finally got around to watching The Martian last night.

I read the book earlier in the year, and I admit I was hesitant. As soon as hype grows around a thing, I tend to shy away from it. Partly, I think, because there are only a few people whose recommendations I really take a to heart, and also because as soon as I’m told “you should totally watch/read/try this”, my first reaction is to step back and go “newp”. What can I say? I’m stubborn.

But The Martian by Andy Weir turned out to be an incredible read. Not for the reasons I was expecting it to be, either. Based on everything I’ve learned about writing, there are many reasons the novel should have been trash. There was almost no character development of anyone other than the MC, and the dialogue from Mission Control was among the cheesiest writing I’ve ever seen. But it made me laugh. The humour came when you didn’t expect it, and it all worked together so wonderfully to make this heartwarming, smart-assed story of hope and perseverance.

I’d heard the movie was very close to the book, but again, I was hesitant. When are adaptations ever as good as the book?

Again, I was wrong. The movie was amazing! My partner hasn’t read the book yet, so he was more unbiased than I was, and he loved it. I spotted a few differences, things they left out, but in the scheme of things, it was nothing that detracted from the HEART of the story, which is what made it such a great book.

The cinematography was stunning, the acting superb (so many comedic actors playing these roles that are designed to balance on the the edge of serious and absurd), and as soon as it was over, I wanted to watch it again.

So if you haven’t taken the leap yet, I suggest trying it out. Yes, it’s 2 1/2 hours, but you’ll feel great at the end and probably motivated to tackle any challenge you’re currently facing.



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