Moon Landing Featurette for Sci-Fi 'Ad Astra' with A Bit More Footage
"The drive of the human spirit is to explore." 20th Century Fox debuted a featurette for James Gray's extra heavy sci-fi film Ad Astra, which is confirmed to premiere at the Venice Film Festival this fall. We've seen two stunning official trailers for Ad Astra so far [here and here] but clearly there's more to come. This has a tiny bit of extra footage, focusing mostly on our Moon to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing in 1969. There's some beautiful shots in this, especially one that reminds me a bit of Wall-E with the moon dust. Everything about this looks mesmerizing, and the more they show the more excited I get. Brad Pitt stars as an astronaut who travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father. He uncovers extraordinary secrets which challenge the nature of human existence. Also starring Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Donald Sutherland, and Jamie Kennedy. With a score by Max Richter. Dive in.
Here's the new "How Far, How Fast" featurette for James Gray's Ad Astra, direct from Fox's YouTube:
Astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his missing father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. His journey will uncover secrets that challenge the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos. Ad Astra is directed by acclaimed American filmmaker James Gray, director of the films Little Odessa, The Yards, We Own the Night, Two Lovers, The Immigrant, and The Lost City of Z previously. The screenplay is written by James Gray & Ethan Gross. The film was shot in late 2017, then originally set for release in early 2019 after radio silence, but was then pushed back numerous times. 20th Century Fox will now release Gray's Ad Astra in theaters starting September 20th coming soon this fall. Follow @adastramovie for more updates. View the second trailer.
I want to see this as I've liked the trailers, like Pitt and liked the director's The Immigrants so much I'll see anything he does...even though I didn't like any of his films prior to Immigrants. This looks very well done, intelligent and intriguing. I tried to watch First Man the other night and was so bored at how awful it was and lacked the intelligence I see present in Ad Astra that I just stopped watching First Man after about 35 minutes and just deleted it as I've no interest in seeing anymore of it. Of course, I don't like that director's work and thought La La Land was trite and silly and shallow and even the title was all those...lol...it was just awful as was his space movie. This one though looks just the opposite...I hope they have gotten it together as it's been in post for a very long time.
thespiritbo on Jul 26, 2019
How can you not get excited by space exploration films?!
DAVIDPD on Jul 29, 2019
Because 90% of them are about "the human condition" or "the earth is doomed" or just overcooked drama. The science and intelligence is usually dumbed down for convenience or cheap plot holes. Passengers (with Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt) would've been a lot better if they simply was never able to get to the med bay/officer's area (or whatever). The fact there was 1 med pod for a ship containing THOUSANDS of people is rubbish, and the complications of that plot point (I'm skipping a few details) ruined a good love story. Anyway, my point is we don't know what's out there (in space) so we make up a bunch of drama, instead of focusing on the actual exploration. Anything that feels authentic is based off a true story so there isn't true suspense or surprises. It's always the same formula, just swap in the setting (space, the ocean, tourist spot, a mountain...), science (computers, VR, internet, genetics) and a current trend (politics, environment, existentialism, equal rights) and tada... movies!
Akirakorn on Jul 29, 2019
Kind of agree. But also, I'm taking about space exploration as the theme type films, PASSENGERS was a (shit) mystery, just set in space, could have been anywhere really.
DAVIDPD on Jul 30, 2019
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