In search of lost worlds
Director: James Gray Script :James Gray and Ethan Gross With: Brad Pitt,Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler Music : Max Richter
After detective stories and an adventure film (The lost city of Z ), James Gray directed a futuristic, magnificent and soaring film (thanks to the music composed by the great Max Richter), close to Stanley Kubrick’s movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.
The Pitch: In the near future, in order to save Earth from electrical storms, Major Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) must contact his father, Clifford, who was supposed to have died a hero twenty years earlier on a scientific expedition near Saturn to find another way of life. The safest launch point to reach him is on Mars, so Roy must first make a stopover on the Moon before heading to Saturn.
Roy McBride’s quest and journey into space take us on a total adventure, both inside and out, magnificently interpreted by a lost Brad Pitt, with scenes that remind us of Gravity, Interstellar, Blade Runner 2049 and 2001: A Space Odyssey... The near future seen by James Gray is a gradually dehumanized Earth, where wars for natural resources continue on the Moon. The suits of the cosmonauts reflect faces in mirror or absent and plunge us into an unknown, filmed without effect, in a realistic and almost scientific way, in a Kubrickian style, where man is alone, for good. The merciless pursuit on the Moon, a kind of Mad Max of space, shows a total, cold cruelty where there is a total lack of consideration for human lives sacrificed for the benefit of the space conquest and its command.
Once again Brad Pitt, after Once upon a time in Hollywood, is pursuing a perfect filmography. Actor in more than seventy films including Babel, Legends of Autumn, Seven, Fight Club, A river runs through it…., he became producer of great films (including this one) such as 12 Years a Slave, Okja or Moonlight, series such as The O.A., or in David Michod’s film The King with Timothée Chalamet (A rainy day in New York), Robert Pattinson and Lili Rose Depp, broadcast on Netflix and inspired by Henri IV and Henri V written by Shakespeare.
Tommy Lee Jones plays remarkably well once again and Donald Sutherland has that bright smile and crazy eyes that you can’t help but love.
James Gray compared Ad Astra to Joseph Conrad‘s novel In the Heart of Darkness. His film is a masterpiece.