Excerpt: Mistaking moroseness for meditative, Ad Astra has the positives of a lush score and some extraordinary visuals that I figure on a large screen are breathtaking. However, the film as a whole wallows in its own self-importance.
Excerpt: …Gray has gone with the slowly paced, visual razzle dazzle of a “2001.” Unfortunately, the 124 minute film…tells a story which could be conveyed with one sentence. Some may rhapsodize, others will be bored to tears.
Excerpt: Starring a terrifically memorable Brad Pitt, James Gray’s Ad Astra is a layered, pensive meditation communicating deeper truths of our inherent desire to explore the universe wrapped in gorgeously spectacular visuals.
Excerpt: “I’m looking for you all the time,” Roy admits when thinking of his father, and Ad Astra’s investment in that father-son relationship, and in the alternate ways we mythologize and destroy the ones we claim to love, is deliberately pensive.
Excerpt: Gray’s recurring mental landscapes are a warzone in the clash between identity and aspiration, enacted by people who sign on to repeat the journeys of their mentors and forebears despite many good reasons not to.
Excerpt: By alternating between our struggles to find our way in an intimidatingly vast universe and to have meaningful connections in close corners of our own world, James Gray has delivered a ride that isn’t smooth or easy but does skillfully remind us how far we have to go on both counts.
Excerpt: Fifty years after man first landed on the moon comes Ad Astra, an existential space epic with the lofty aspirations of 2001: A Space Odyssey, and the common sense to enliven proceedings with moon pirates and feral zero-gravity apes.