In the lead-up to Ad Astra’s release, many have called it this year’s Interstellar. The two films boast some similarities—a title referencing stars, the prominence of a space-faring father’s relationship with his grown child, threats to the Earth’s environment—but the two projects are quite distinct from one another. Ultimately, the pervasive comparisons between Ad Astra and Christopher Nolan’s 2014 sci-fi epic are indicative of just how few space exploration movies set in the near future Hollywood has made. I propose filmmakers produce more of them, particularly now. Advertisement Amid a broad library of sci-fi movies and shows set in space, there is a small number of them that take place less than a couple centuries away (unlike Star Trek, Firefly, The Expanse, set centuries into the future, and Star Wars, set a long time ago) and sans elements more fantastical than plausible: no monsters, no water that messes with your mind, no reigniting the sun. Now, don’t take this to mean I’m uninterested in seeing any more wonderfully bonkers movies like Jupiter Ascending or horror space flicks like Alien and Life or all manner of films about what happens when space comes to us, like Arrival and Attack the Block…. Read full this story
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