“The Martian”, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon is a blueprint on how to adapt a complex, hard sci-fi novel to the big screen. Retaining the key elements of the book and resisting the urge to make major plot or character modifications (Mark is single in the movie, despite alluding to a different marital status in the trailer), “The Martian” is an entertaining romp through the travails faced by an astronaut stranded on Mars. The deadpan humor of astronaut Mark Watney from the book is translated beautifully to the big screen.

With a tremendous performance by Damon as well as solid supporting work by Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, and Donald Glover, the movie sets a great pace and keeps it up for the duration. Great special effects and sound round out the picture that ranks as one of the most fun to see movies of the year.

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