Fuck you, Mars. At least this one wasn't as ludicrous a happy ending as 'Gravity'... faint praise, really. I get that the typical 'Mars is Ours' American viewer might not want to see Matt Damon (or Sandra Bullock) die in space in such a banal fashion, but a little more plausibility might be in order. I think those who are fans of the book and/or NASA will enjoy it more than I did.
"Every human being has a basic instinct: to help each other out. If a hiker gets lost in the mountains, people will coordinate a search. If a train crashes, people will line up to give blood. If an earthquake levels a city, people will send emergency supplies. This is so fundamentally human that it's found in every culture without exception."
The Martian is the most ‘feel-good’ film that Scott has ever done, but the optimism and lightness of the film doesn’t feel unearned, it just makes it all the more powerful. Scotts’ beautiful yet desolate visuals are imbued with a sense of beauty and hope, the visuals and soundtrack work together to elevating it to something more than a survival film set in space.
To quote Jesse from Breaking Bad, “Yeah science, Bitch!" Yup, that was funny to me. The "humor" in The Martian is not. It took me a bit to even realize it was supposed to be funny. I'm all for a lost in space tale that's not all doom and gloom and that's about human ingenuity and perseverance, but if it's gonna be a comedy, make that shit smart and funny, not smart and cutesy.