Film: “Ad Astra” is High Tech Sci-Fi Odyssey and Psychological Drama Spun Into One

In the realm of spectacular, “Ad Astra” delivers magnificently. Hoyte van Hoytema’s awesome cinematography, a full spectrum of stunning special effects and Hans Richter’s resonant score make you feel you’re in the middle of the movie.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - “Ad Astra” is an odd admixture of movie genres that plays out on a grand scale on the big screen as an action film with blockbuster aspirations, a high tech sci-fi odyssey, and a psychological drama all spun into one.

Directed and co-written by James Gray, it is a big ambitious film with a lot of story that doesn’t always make sense. But if you don’t look too deeply for logic or for any meaningful theme or commentary about where humankind stands in the vast universe that . . .

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