The Martian ★★★★★

I have minor quibbles only, like most fans of the book probably, but it was exactly right in spirit, and offers just as much as the book did in its own way. It’s worth it for the Martian scenery alone, or for Damon’s portrayal of Mark Watney alone, or for the fantasy of a NASA revival alone, and so on. This is so much better than what we’re used to from the science-fiction genre.

I’ve mostly turned my back on 3D in the last couple years, but it was used well here, mostly to make the Martian landscapes really impressive: adding depth to the scenery, rather than a foreground that gets in your face.

Hard to believe the same human being could possibly have directed both this and Prometheus…