Sun. Feb 5th, 2023
This is not Edgar Rice Burroughs' March - no bazaars or martian princesses.  Just an empty, depthless wasteland of dirt and stone.

This is not Edgar Rice Burroughs’ March – no bazaars or martian princesses. Just an empty, depthless wasteland of dirt and stone.

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Highly anticipated by fans of Andy Weir’s novel, Ridley Scott’s film adaptation The Martian opens today in theaters across the US. On the fence to watch it tonight or this weekend? Maybe we can help you make a choice.

From Lee Hutchinson’s review:

Movie adaptations of books, especially beloved books, can be frightening things. Reading is a very personal act, absorbing words and building worlds in our minds where only we can experience them. Seeing a movie based on a book is almost like going on a blind date with someone you’ve known intimately through letters, but never actually met. That first meeting isn’t always a good one because when you see it with real eyes and ears, the person you see and hear will not necessarily be anything like the version of the person you thought you knew.

Director Ridley Scott chose to do it in a slightly different way with the film. Much of the book relies on the audience having access to Watney’s internal monologue (because such a large portion of the book is composed of Watney’s diary writings), and heavy narration in movies is a dramatic device that rarely works. So we get to hear Watney’s thoughts through video logs that he keeps, but we also get to see Watney in a way that we don’t get to see in the novel.

Damon talks about space, science, growing potatoes on set and the infamous potato fertilizer scene:

The potatoes are another important element in the story – Watney ultimately lives off potatoes grown on Mars, and the struggle to grow them makes up much of the first half of the story. I jokingly asked if Ridley Scott’s commitment to truthfulness extended to getting the potatoes fertilized the same way Watney had to do it – it’s pretty much exactly as you’d imagine – and Damon started laughing.

“No! That was some kind of chocolate reduction I used on screen, thank goodness!”

Lee spent a day with the cast and crew of The Martian in Toronto:

Before heading to Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall for the premiere of The Martian last Friday I spent three hours at the pre-show gala, feeling very underdressed and trying not to yawn as the room slowly filled with a bunch of incredibly beautiful and/or famous people. Happy, The Martian author Andy Weir was one of the first to show up, and being the incredibly gracious dude, he didn’t seem to mind me parking myself on his elbow for the evening.

And guess what, hanging out with Andy Weir at the premiere of The Martian is definitely the right choice if you want to meet a lot of famous people. True space hero Chris Hadfield showed up, along with a host of key NASA people (including NASA Chief Planetary Scientist Dr. James Green, who consulted on the film and with whom I spoke at length the next day). Matt Damon said he remembered our phone interview from a few weeks ago. Jim Goanopulos, CEO of 20th Century Fox, stood with me for about five minutes talking about the movie and how proud he was of it.

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