The Martian (2015)

After a mission on Mars does not go according to play, astronauts must leave and return to Earth, but the problem is, they leave astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) behind because he is presumed to be dead. After a few hour pass by, it turns out that Watney is very much alive and he is stuck on Mars by himself with not much supplies. Watney doesn’t have any way of communicating with NASA to inform them that he is alive. With an incredibly small amount of supplies, he is going to have to try to science the heck out of this and try to grow things on a planet where nothing grows. After being able to somehow contact NASA, the people back home are going to do everything in their power to make sure they can get Watney back home before his time and limited supplies run out. Can NASA pull this one-off and make sure that Watney returns safely back to Earth?

While it has definitely been hit or miss for Ridley Scott as of late, he sure as hell pulls this one-off and shows us one of his best pictures of his career. I love everything about this movie and it was definitely the best movie I have seen this year by a long shot. With this and Black Mass coming out a couple of weeks apart, we now know that this is a good time for movies. I was definitely worried that The Martian was going to be a little bit of a stinker because of the crazy amount of promoting this movie received. I can now absolutely say that this exceeded all expectations and won’t leave you disappointed in the least bit. This movie is actually very funny too and will have you incredibly entertained throughout.

The acting in this is some of the best I’ve seen in quite some time. I think Matt Damon gave the performance of his career as Mark Watney. I have always been a huge fan of Damon and this movie makes me understand why I like him so much. Even the small supporting roles from people like Jeff Daniels and Sean Bean made this movie a hit. The whole entire cast was phenomenal in this film and I loved all of them in this. I also think you could really make an argument and say that this is the best sci-fi movie that Ridley Scott has made to date. I really cannot give this enough praise because everything about it was damn-near-perfect. Ridley Scott definitely deserves all the praise he is going to get for this movie.

The greatest thing about The Martian is that you feel like you are there on Mars with Mark Watney. Besides the scenes with humor, you could definitely hear a pin drop in that theater because the audience was so invested in what they were watching. This is just an incredibly thrilling and adventurous film that will absolutely not make you disappointed. I can’t stress enough that this is a movie that you must say. A lot of people may disagree with me on this one, but I even thought this was better than Gravity, which was very hard because I loved everything about this movie. Please, do not be hesitant about whether or not this movie is good because I promise that it is more than worth it.

Overall, The Martian exceeds expectations by a long shot and proves to us that Ridley Scott definitely has some life left in him. With great acting and writing, The Martian does everything to make you sit back and enjoy the ride.

Grade= A 

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Welcome To Me (2015)

Here’s a new movie that was just recently released that I got a chance to see. I can’t wait until I hit the lottery. Alice Klieg (Kristen Wiig), has borderline personality disorder. Alice hits the lottery and decides that she wants to spend it on what she always wanted in life: her own talk show on television. In this talk show, Alice will have no one else on the show besides herself and she will just talk about her life and her feelings. A lot of people think she is crazy for wanting to do this. Alice will pay whatever price the network wants for her to have 100 episodes. The whole entire show is completely ridiculous and everyone a the network understand that except for Rich (James Marsden). The network is failing and they need a lot of money and since Alice can pay for it, Rich will take whatever he can get. Problems start to arise when the show starts getting insane and she starts to forget about the people who mattered to her the most.

Welcome To Me is a nice, little indie film that actually surprised me and was a pretty decent film. This was a really brave move for Kristen Wiig. Taking on the role of someone who is mentally ill is really a tough task and she really pulled this one-off. Wiig turned the role of Alice into a funny, dark and often frightening character. That just shows the good acting from Wiig. That’s the whole thing about this movie. The acting is so good and the rest is kind of just whatever. The movie itself is just okay and I think it could have done a few things differently to make this a lot better than it was. I was really excited to see this movie and I left more disappointed than satisfied.

The acting we see in Welcome To Me is fine. I really like how there is some big time actors in this movie. We see some small appearances from Tim Robbin, who is one of my favorite actors of all time and we also see people like, Joan Cusack and Wes Bentley. To be truly honest, the acting is what really saved this movie because the premise is very goofy and extremely ridiculous. The movie itself was not all that great and the acting is definitely not to blame for it. Everyone we see in this movie are their usual selves, meaning that they were fine and delivered nice performances. So we can definitely say the acting wasn’t the problem with this movie because I think most importantly, Wiig gave an outstanding performance and nailed this role.

The reason this movie was not all that great is because it just could not put the missing puzzle pieces together. What I mean by that is the fact that nothing really came together by the end with what are some great actors. Welcome To Me left me very disappointed throughout most of the film. I think that it started off really well and then just kind of got completely messy and boring in the second half of the movie. If you are a person who likes to just sit down and watch a nice, little movie then this is one for you. Other than that, this is no more than an okay movie with some really good acting to try to hold it together. I do think this is one that you should check out, not only because of all its hype, but it can be somewhat enjoyable to watch at times.

Overall, Welcome To Me may not have all the pieces of the puzzle together and the only reason it was as good as it was is strictly because of the actors. Nothing more than an okay movie!

Grade= C (Okay)