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Ad Astra (12A) *tickets available on the door*
Tue 29 October @ 8:00 pm£7 – £10
Ad Astra (12A) – 2019, USA, 122 mins,
Director: James Gray
Astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) undertakes a mission across an unforgiving solar system to uncover the truth about his missing father and his doomed expedition that now, 30 years later, threatens the universe.
‘James Gray’s Ad Astra plays like a sombre, space set version of Apocalypse Now. The film is a brooding, atmospheric affair that features one of Brad Pitt’s finest and most restrained performances. He plays Roy McBride, the Captain Willard-like astronaut on a secret mission to stop a series of catastrophic power surges wreaking havoc on planet earth.
The surges are linked to the Lima Project, an ill-fated expedition commanded by McBride’s father, the revered astronaut Dr Clifford McBride (Tommy Lee Jones). Sixteen years later, neither Roy’s father nor any of his crew have returned.
… It becomes apparent, though, that this is as much an Oedipal story as it is a piece of dystopian science fiction. Director Gray’s inspiration is as much the mystical Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky, as it is Kubrick or Coppola, Gravity or Interstellar. The real drama here is not whether or not apocalypse can be avoided but whether Brad Pitt’s character can reconcile himself with his father and overcome his own extreme emotional repression. In other words, in spite of all the jargon and the hardware, this is an intimate family melodrama at heart. Thanks to Pitt’s performance and Gray’s delicate direction, it turns into a very moving one.’ The Independent
Doors open for drinks at 7:00pm. Film at 8:00pm.