"WATNEY: Look! A pair of boobs! -> (.Y.)"
January 30, 2016
Back to the book. Besides the totally sick cover, the main reason why I decided to make it one of my top priorities to finish reading this book was because of all the hype and buzz surrounding the 2015 film. With a Certified Fresh Tomato rating of 93% critic rating and 92% audience rating, what crazy person would not be anxious to check it off their "To Watch" list. Naturally, having been overly obsessed with how excellent the book was, I figured that if the film followed the same template as the book then it was sure to be a foolproof film especially with such high remarks.
- Too much Hollywood fluff
- Some major events were not included in the film (obstacles to the MAV?)
- Events and actions were not explained enough for viewers who have not read the book
- Disliked that it didn't allow viewers to progressively grow with Watney (700 Sols later? Really?)
- Most of all, the ending did not follow the same story guideline as the book. How?!
But who knows. My mind could be bias after having fallen in love with the book so much that my expectations for the film were a smidge too high. My friends who did not read the book prior to the film all tell me that it was worth all the buzz and ratings. Even friends who have read the book prior to watching the film still tell me that the film was superb. All I know is that the number one 2015 film for me is still Mad Max. And though The Martian film did not sweep me off my feet, the book certainly holds a special place in my heart with Mark Watney forever being one of my favorite novel characters.