Lackluster and restrained, it employs a dull story to present a message about the importance of diversity and the evils of assimilation.
The autumn movie season has a history of hosting impressive, thought-based science fiction movies. To that list add "Ad Astra," a film that uses space exploration as a means to look inward at the essence of humanity.
Tumbles into the lamentable category of what happens when a movie is assembled for no reason other than to make money, and when everyone involved is doing it for the paycheck.
Although competently made and appealing in an exaggerated soap opera-tinged fashion, it fails to make a strong case for its raison d’être.
Anyone with an interest would be advised to wait for this to reach smart phones and tablets where it can be viewed in a medium appropriate to its content and ambitions.
The film’s first half is promising but it is let down by the rushed ending and confusing changes in character motivations.
Quickly assembled with little concern for anything more than providing a funhouse experience in exchange for a few bucks.
Because the movie never loses its focus and allows Ruth Westheimer’s charisma to remain front-and-center, this is an effective and sometimes surprising mini-biography.
U.S. Release Date: 2019-04-26
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Director: Joe Russo, Anthony Russo
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Bradley Cooper, Scarlett Johansson, Josh Brolin, Karen Gillan, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Don Cheadle
A worthy conclusion to the Infinity War duology that provides a satisfying end to the First Avengers Era.