The Martian (2015) Review

The Martian (2015)

Directed by Ridley Scott

Based on The Martian by Andy Weir

Starring: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie, Chiwetel Ejiofor

Plot Synopsis: (via IMDB)
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.

My Opinion:

I finally saw this! Can you believe I didn’t see this one until now? Especially as I absolutely loved the book (which I reviewed HERE). Hmm. Yeah, it’s good! It’s of course not as good as the book (not many films are). I never enjoy a film as much if I’ve read & really loved the book and the same is true with this one. But I still really liked seeing the book brought to life.

First of all, I should say that Matt Damon did a good job. I was at first annoyed when he was cast as he’s not at all how I pictured Mark Watney but I managed to accept him as the character. I’m disappointed, though, that the movie really didn’t capture Watney’s great sense of humor. It tried & there was a bit of that but I still didn’t connect with the character in the film the way I did in the book. The movie was much more a “drama” than the book was but I suppose that makes sense as to make it too much of a comedy could have been a flop.

All in all, the movie was quite faithful to the book until the end when things were changed a bit & added. I can’t really complain – I’m happy it stayed as faithful as it did. I hated Kristen Wiig – she was the only mistake as far as the casting went. The film looked great & I far preferred all the scenes on Mars (as to be expected). The movie got a little cheesy at the end but I can forgive that as, if this was a true story and a man was really left behind on Mars, it would be a very big story and I believe the whole world would rally around him in the same way.

I was surprised to look this up on IMDB and actually see a lot of negative reviews. Really?! I can’t say I understand that. I got the impression that those giving negative reviews were either “bored” because of all the science or were bitching that the science was “wrong”. It’s a fictional story, for crying out loud – it’s just meant to be entertaining. And for those who were bored, I hope they don’t read the book because there’s waaaaay more talk about growing potatoes and making water. How dare they stick some science into a science fiction movie! Whatever. People suck.

I’m sorry – I’m distracted. I don’t feel like writing reviews much lately. I’ve just gone & started The Good, The Bad And The Ugly and I have no idea why as it’s 1,183 minutes long. I’m 36 minutes in. Does it get better?! Because, so far, I’d have to say that Once Upon A Time In The West was way better by this point. Well, at least the score is awesome. Yeah, I’m done reviewing The Martian, I guess. Here’s a summary!


The Martian, although of course not as good as the throughly entertaining book, still manages to stay pretty faithful and mostly captures the spirit of the book. It’s not quite as much fun as the book and takes itself too seriously at times but I can see why they made it a little more dramatic. Damon was good, as usual, but he’s one of those actors that I always just see as the real-life person. Not his fault, I suppose – it’s just that way with certain actors. So it was more “Matt Damon is stuck on Mars!” than “Mark Watney is stuck on Mars!” for me. Overall, it’s a sci-fi movie and I am rarely disappointed by sci-fi movies (except for Elysium, which I watched after The Martian! Ugh). I’d recommend this movie but, as you can probably guess, I’d most definitely recommend reading the book first.

My Rating: 7.5/10

**I’ve now seen all the Best Picture Nominees other than Brooklyn & Bridge Of Spies. Sadly, they both become available on DVD just after the Oscars so I won’t be seeing them beforehand. Still, I’ve done well this year! Here are My Best Picture Nominee Reviews & Ratings (from favorite to least favorite):

Room – 9/10
Mad Max: Fury Road – 9/10
The Martian – 7.5/10
The Revenant – 7.5/10
Spotlight – 7/10
The Big Short – 5.5/10

29 thoughts on “The Martian (2015) Review

  1. “he’s one of those actors that I always just see as the real-life person…. So it was more “Matt Damon is stuck on Mars!” than “Mark Watney is stuck on Mars!” for me”

    Yes! I get that with most Hollywood actors who are familiar to me unfortunately which is why world cinema is such a joy to me as a lot of the actors are unknown/less familiar thus I can become invested and engaged on a much deeper level in their characters.

  2. Great review! While I liked this well enough, I certainly didn’t love it like the rest of the world. Damon was brilliant, but I will watch him in anything. The entire Earth aspect was way too flawed and annoyed me – I was plenty fine chilling on Mars with Watney, I didn’t need anything else. My other half was superbly unimpressed with the movie, hahaha! The Martian looked amazing though! I will have to give the book a shot at some point.

    • Oh, you really should read the book. I absolutely loved it. And it would only take you half a day! 🙂 I just really loved the character’s sense of humor in the book & was hoping that would come across much more in the film than it did. The “Earth” stuff also felt less cheesy & fake in the book.

  3. The HFPA thought it WAS a comedy.

    Glad u enjoyed it and I agree the book was SOOO much better.


    I think people should see the movie first and then be blown away by the book as opposed to loving the book and then be disappointed by the movie.

    My way, you at least enjoy both 🙂

    I’m weird so maybe I’m the only one who thinks like this…maybe

    • I actually feel the same way! 🙂 I saw the movie first and loved it, then I read the book and loved it even more. Since I watched the movie first, it felt like the book took all the things I loved about the movie and expanded them and made them even better.

      • Don’t agree with Rob. Never agree with Rob. 😉 lol! That’s interesting, though – I’m glad you loved the book so much after seeing the movie! I can see where doing it that way around would also have its benefits. 🙂

      • Lol 😉 Other times I’ve been glad I read the book first, like with the final Hunger Games novel. I didn’t like the book as much, but I actually liked the movie better.

    • Ha! Well… Personally, I really hate reading the book after the movie as I can then only picture the actors while reading & I find that distracting. But it does suck that I rarely love a movie if I’ve first read and loved the book. :-/

    • Whaaaat?! Isn’t this a little mainstream for you?? 😉 And Wiig just annoys me in general. Poor, annoying Wiig. Although I suppose my opinion probably doesn’t matter to her… :-p

    • Hmm. I know I personally don’t really like reading a book AFTER the movie but I loved this book SO much. The character was just so much more likeable and really funny in the book. I don’t know… Might be worth reading. But read Ready Player One first if you haven’t. 🙂

  4. Great review! I desperately need to read this book. I loved the movie so much. Agree with you on Wiig , but she was really barely noticeable to me… and that speaks how ill her role went down. And Matt Damon is the best ♡

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