Space, the final frontier and arguably one of the most popular settings in cinema and TV history.
While you've got the likes of Star Wars and Star Trek which take audiences on expansive adventures and introduce us to iconic alien races from across the stars, you also get films like Interstellar, Gravity and 2001: A Space Odyssey which focus in on the human aspect of space exploration and the lonely and cold realities of space.
Ad Astra, one would argue, falls into the latter of these two categories as it sees an astronaut venture off into space to search for his missing father.
However, despite clearly taking inspiration from some of the greatest space films of all time, Ad Astra has been labelled as boring by some.
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What is Ad Astra about?
Ad Astra tells the story of an astronaut, Major Roy McBride (Brad Pitt), who ventures off into the cosmos in search of his missing father (Tommy Lee Jones) as the circumstances surrounding the disappearance don't quite seem to add up.
Along the way, McBride is met with resistance from a number of parties but chief among them is the strained relationships that haunt his life, from his father's mysterious disappearance to his estranged wife.
Inspirations behind Ad Astra
Even judging by the film's trailer, Ad Astra quite clearly takes inspiration from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Everything from the set design to the camera shots we see, the influence of 2001 just oozes out of the film.
Another space film that appears to have influenced Ad Astra is Interstellar which sees Matthew McConaughey and co set off in search of long lost astronauts who have been sent to scout out planets which could be a potential future home to humanity.
And lastly, there's Gravity which was praised universally for its jaw-dropping visuals back in 2013.
Ad Astra looks to combine elements from all of these into a captivating space thriller and yet some viewers are describing the film as boring.
Is Ad Astra boring?
While critics have raved about Ad Astra, citing it as a modern space masterpiece with the excellent performance of Brad Pitt at the heart of it, a number of viewers have been quick to criticise Ad Astra over on social media, the most being that the film is boring.
Ad Astra was the most boring movie I’ve seen this year— Caitlin (@IAmIronMan_3000) September 25, 2019
Saw #AdAstra today.— Craig Federspiel (@CFedLV) September 24, 2019
Ad Astra is a Latin word. Loosely translated it means “intriguing trailer boring movie.”
Ad Astra actually means "to the stars" if you must know.
Ad Astra - 2/5:— fahad (@fahadmp) September 25, 2019
visually, it's incredibly breathtaking but man was this movie bland and boring. Bad Astra!
Went to see AD ASTRA (2019) on Sunday. This film seems to divide opinions heavily – some find it quite boring and a stereotypical space movie. I liked it though, IMO there were some interesting ideas about the future in it and visually it was great (I saw it in an IMAX theatre) pic.twitter.com/Ri7uC5aknN— Travel Movie Guide (@750GMT) September 25, 2019
Walking to class behind someone criticizing #AdAstra because:— pat coyle - simmons (@PatCoyleSimmons) September 23, 2019
1) too artsy & boring
2) “Brad Pitt never smiles. I don’t want to watch a movie where the characters never smile”
Disappointed in #AdAstra. The movie moves along slowly trying to build atmosphere but only succeeds in being boring. Some beautiful visuals and a nice performance by Brad Pitt but they can’t save this too long journey to deliver a very basic message. Skip it.— ComicFoil (@comicfoil) September 24, 2019
This next Twitter user clearly sees the funny side.
Ad Astra was definitely the most boring Star Wars movie yet--Tommy Lee Jones was a poor replacement for James Earl Jones.— Elliott Beard (@Chuckell2) September 24, 2019
And finally, this viewer is optimistic about Ad Astra's chances as a cult classic one day.
Ad Astra will be a cult classic one day. Everyone who says it’s boring should probably just stick to popcorn-flick-Michael-Bay-blow-em-up stuff. pic.twitter.com/xi5OWqbN0a— Ira Motley (@The_Motley) September 25, 2019
We appreciate that this article may not have done much to sway your opinion in favour of seeing Ad Astra but if you really want to make your own mind up about the film, it's out in cinemas now after releasing on September 18th here in the UK.
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