Film Preview: Ad Astra (2019)

Page Revisions:

(June 9, 2019) Original
(July 21, 2019) New Trailer (#2) / New Posters (#2-#3)
(September 15, 2019) New Posters (#4-#7)

Release Date:

September 20, 2019


From IMDb: “An astronaut travels to the outer edges of the solar system to find his father and unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet. He uncovers secrets which challenge the nature of human existence and our place in the cosmos.”

Poster Rating: C- / C- / C- / C / C / C- / C

Review: (#1) The feed is cutting out, but this is definitely an astronaut, but does anyone actually care?

(#2) Brad Pitt in a helmet isn’t going to save this dull, detail-light design. (#3) Nor is Pitt out of his helmet.

(#4) An unimpressive design that sticks to a similar formula as prior designs with nothing imaginative to add. (#5) This design wants to be creative, but there’s a lot of blank space and it’s vaguely reminiscent of Star Trek, which might be considered a positive to some. (#6) The action elements are new to this series of poster designs, but they don’t add much to it, especially with something so broadly white. (#7) The action elements of the prior design are made more distinct with a far more interesting color palette.

Trailer Rating: C / B

Review: (#1) This is the future, but falling to earth from a space station seems like a physical impossibility and with it coming so early in the trailer, the credulity of the rest of it remains challenged.

(#2) The orchestral score that accompanies the trailer is gorgeous and the photography looks impressive. The premise, on the other hand, doesn’t really elevate the trailer much and won’t easily entice an audience to the theater.

Oscar Prospects:

James Gray has done well with critics, but the Academy has yet to give him any attention. This film, being mishandled by Disney, might have been that opportunity, but the trailer doesn’t give much hope, nor does the September release date.

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