Movie Review: The Martian


I watched “The Martian” last night.  I watched it at a theater I’ve gone to for 20 decades and for the first time they were checking people’s bags for firearms. MERICUH!  Good job everyone!  Go to church wearing your “Sandy Hook Was Just a Speed Bump” t-shirt and high-five your God cuz ‘that no good Muslim Obama ain’t gonna take your guns away.’  On Monday you can watch the live feed of the next school shooting while eating popcorn and washing it down with holy water.  Winning is great, right?

The Martian is chock full of Matt Damon.  If you are a big MD fan, this movie is for you! If you have any Matt Damon issues, you should probably not go see this movie.  I don’t have a lot of MD issues, so I was fine.  Except the lady sitting in front of me was coated in an old lady perfume casing and the smell wouldn’t dissipate. I had some issues there.

Spoiler Alert. (Saying it again in case you missed it)

The movie starts on Mars.  Mars looks like an endless desert. It looks like Mad Max Fury Road was filmed there. Maybe they used the same set.  Matt Damon sits alone at a white, lighted vanity mirror.  The kind they use in Showgirls.  He’s brushing his long blonde hair which is actually a wig. He looks ‘lost in thought’.  He’s doing that kind of hair brushing where they ‘pet’ their hair after each stroke like the hair is a cherished pet. Probably a small dog.  It’s about ten minutes of this hair brushing.  The camera goes in and out. Every angle.  Close up, far away, side, other side.  There is an overhead shot and one from underneath the chair he’s sitting in.  (sidebar-I watched this in 3D so all of this was pretty cool. It was like Matt Damon was brushing his hair RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME!)  Eventually, Matt Damon starts humming a song. Slow at first but then as it gets faster you realize it’s the theme from Happy Days and when they pan in again you see Matt Damon is crying. 

Screen cuts to black and the words, ‘THE MARTIAN’ fill the screen.

Flashback to the crew that left him.  What happened was, they got in a big fight over who was going to bone who.  It had been an ongoing thing.  The Hispanic character dude was sick of being ‘a bottom’ for the female captain’s strap on.  But because she was the captain, what she says goes, so he had to get pegged more than he wanted to. Matt Damon’s character was fine with it though, but I think the captain was more turned on by the guy not liking it so much. Like, she was power trippy, ya know?  Anyway, the other female and male crew members were fed up too. All of them, living on this desert planet for so long, boning the same people.  Digging up rocks. Marking the spot with tiny numbered flags. Putting the rocks into scientific vials.  Writing labels on the vials. Putting them into storage boxes. This was not really what they thought they’d signed up for so they decided to get the fuck out of Mars.

Too bad Matt Damon drew the short straw and had to stay.  See…the plan was that before the crew left, they’d make life-like replicas of themselves so NASA would think they were all still on Mars because their mission wasn’t supposed to be over for another 240 sols (which is how you say ‘days’ on Mars).  So, the short straw person would basically have to be a ‘space puppeteer’ for 240 sols and Matt Damon was that person.

Too bad that Matt Damon wasn’t the smartest and didn’t realize that once the crew left he would have no way to go home. So basically he was stuck on Mars with 6 lifesize/lifelike replicas of his crewmates.

So, the main part of the film was Matt Damon and his replica crewmates going through their day to day living, except Matt Damon had to move them around every minute and talk for them every minute so it was basically a lot of Matt Damon running around behind each replica and talking for people in voices that closely sounded like the original crewmates. 

At first he made them all do their normal routines.  He didn’t want NASA to get suspicious.  They dug rocks. They boned (simulated boning because the replicas didn’t have penises or cunts or tits). They rehydrated meal packs and played Nintendo DS and Tetris and Caterpillar and Defender and Joust and Asteroids and Crazy Climber and Galaga and listened to Huey Lewis mix tapes which was basically just a lot of Huey Lewis songs mixed up. 

Eventually Matt Damon started to go crazy as you can understand.  He grew a beard and decided to grow potatoes on Mars in his own feces.  So, a lot of the last part of the movie was Matt Damon waiting for his shit-potatoes to grow.  He kept brushing his blonde hair in the vanity mirror still.  He applied makeup left behind by his female crewmates and would talk in a ‘feminine voice’ a lot and call himself a pretty pretty princess a lot.

SPOILER ALERT AGAIN. The ending was basically, okay, Matt Damon goes more and more insane. NASA starts not believing the replica captain when she goes on camera because her mouth never moves when she talks and they’re very suspicious and are threatening to send a ‘rover mission’ there to investigate, even though the rover would take four years to get there…they’re still making the threat and Matt Damon is scared now.

Matt Damon ends up believing the threat and one day dresses up in his prettiest prettiest princess outfit, brushes his hair and applies makeup and sets up a little table in front of a huge barrel full of the shit-potatoes he’s successfully harvested.  This is a triumphant moment because most of the movie was his ‘shit-potato growing struggles’. It was like a montage and stuff.  So, I sort of got teary eyed at this point.  You could see both sadness and pride in Matt Damon’s eyes. 

He sits down with a knife and fork, and…while humming the theme from Happy Days….he begins eating the shit-potatoes.  One after the other after the other.  He eats and hums and eats and hums and eats and eats until he dies. They show his stomach sort of explode from under his princess dress and he falls to the floor into a pile of half-digested shit potatoes that exploded from his own body. 

Screen cuts to black then opens on his old crewmates laughing and slapping their knees. They’re watching Matt Damon on a hidden video camera feed and it’s so funny because they never left Mars at all! They just went around a big mountain on Mars and were living around the corner at an old abandoned space station Matt Damon didn’t know anything about. Turns out they all thought he was an idiot and wanted to play a big trick on him.  The end.

So, as you can see, the twist ending really brings it home.  I really enjoyed this movie.  It wasn’t what I was expecting but despite missing my expectations I really enjoyed this refreshing take on a space film.  Matt Damon should win an Oscar. Especially if they create a new category for “Dramatic Hair Brushing.”  Ridley Scott really outdid herself on this one. Talk about ‘stepping outside the box!” 

Five stars.


Anonymous said…
This is a really poor review. You aren't ever going to be Pauline Kael love.
Ali Haider said…
20 decades!?

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