The Martian

The Martian ★★★★

How is it that a 2+ hour blockbuster on interstellar survival is also one of the simplest movies of the year? While I think most of the film's goodwill stems from what it isn't (a philosophy-waxing meditation on human existence and its meaning to an uncaring universe, à la Gravity or Interstellar) than what it is (a straightforward, optimistic survivalist narrative on the indomitable nature of the human spirit), that never diminishes the satisfactions gained by watching a simple, likable astronaut use ingenuity and tenacity to find the means to inhabit an inhabitable foreign planet.