“Ad Astra per Aspera” is a Latin phrase, which means “To the Stars through Difficulties.” The title does justice to the movie. The dark, riveting, and emotional drama is what I was waiting for for years.
The director of the film James Gray wanted the film to be “The most realistic depiction of space travel that’s been put in a movie”. I think he achieved it to quite an extent. Brad Pitt performance has been like a magnet that held the movie together. We can learn a lot from the poise of character under duress.
I won’t be mentioning any spoilers regarding the movie; all I can reveal is that Ad Astra explores the reach of humanity to the edge of our universe. Earth is experiencing abnormal and threatening power surges which could wipe out the entire planet.
Major Roy McBride is entrusted with the task to save the Earth for two reasons. First, he is the only one capable of taking on such a mission, second, his father, Clifford McBride (Tomy Lee Jones) who is assumed dead may be the reason behind this upcoming apocalypse. What follows after is an emotional, gut-wrenching turn of events that makes Ad Astra the best space drama since Interstellar.