Ad Astra (2019)

IMDB Summary: 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.


I remember some friends saying that "The movie looks like sci-fi, but it isn't", but I have to say, it is sci-fi. It's not classic sci-fi, in which they use some futuristic/scientific-based upgrades to explore some other topics -- Star Trek is a classic in doing this. But this movie does a whole metaphor using sci-fi.

One of the curious aspects is that they managed to make old actors look like old people. Tommy Lee looks old. Donald Sutherland looks old. Even Brad Pitt looks somewhat older than me (well, almost older than me). Gone are the days of 51-year-old Tom Cruise looked like 30-something in "Oblivion". No, Brad Pitt character looks 40-almost-50, Tommy Lee looks like the father or someone 40-almost-50 and Donald Sutherland looks like the colleague of that father. It is a nice change, though.

The visuals are impressive, almost "Gravity" quality. The space elevator/power generator looks like a real thing. I almost got pissed in that intro 'cause it seemed they forgot something, but then things happen and I wasn't that pissed anymore.

The movie pacing is weird. There are not speed ups and no speed downs, but the whole thing moves like a crawl, to the point of boredom. I could watch something on my phone during the movie (I watched at home, not in the cinema, don't worry) and I didn't lose anything, in the end.

And, speaking of the end, that's when the whole metaphor downs to you. But then, you're tired of the crawling pacing and it feels really "meh".

I may watch again for the visuals, but would probably switch channels in some less visually appealing scene and get lost in some other movie.