April Book & Movie Review: The Martian by Andy Weir
This month’s book review was inspired by my personal desire to see The Martian movie but in my true bookworm nature I wanted to read the book before seeing the movie. That’s just what I did for April’s book review! Judd read this book before me then let me borrow his copy which happened to be on his Kindle. I find that I read things much quicker when it’s on my Kindle.
The Martian is about an astronaut, Mark Whatney who is on a Mars mission with his crew when a storm hits separating him from his crew mates as they are aborting the mission and leaving the planet. He is left to survive by himself with whatever items are left on the planet from the mission. The book is written from a few different perspectives. The first is a journalistic approach by Mark himself as he enters daily log entries about each day of survival and how he managed to survive another day. Another is from mission control back on Earth who is frantic to try to contact him to a.) make sure he is alive and b.) try to come up with a plan to keep him alive until he can be rescued. The third perspective is from his crew mates aboard their ship Hermes on their way back to earth.
There were a lot of technical terms in this book that threw me off a bit but Mark’s character uses humor to mask the fear he has of survival on Mars. He cracks jokes in his log entries and makes light of his near-death experiences. I found it entertaining and was hooked from the start. My only gripe about the book is how it ends. I found myself with a lot of questions after I finished it…ones that would be answered by watching the movie version.
As far as the movie goes, I loved it! Matt Damon plays Mark so flawlessly. The cinematography was extraordinary. As a photographer, I admire films that are made creatively. The score/music for the film fit perfectly with dramatic music moving the conflict scenes and quite tones for softer moments in the film. I also loved the settle nod to the Orion program via a sticker in Mission Control in the movie. Overall it was a long movie but it moved quickly. There were a few details left out of the movie from the book but the movie tied up some loose ends for me that the book didn’t. That’s Hollywood for ya!
May’s Book: Wildflower by Drew Barrymore. I am so enjoying this book by one of my favorite actresses. I’ve grown up on her movies starting from ET. I admire her directing chops so this book was a no brainer for me to read!