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The Martian

F and I went to see The Martian last night. I had read the book for the Clarke Award, and enjoyed it very much (though obviously not quite as much as the ones we shortlisted); it was by far the most widely owned of all the books submitted on both LibraryThing and Goodreads. The film did what I hoped it would do, and included almost all of the set piece scenes from the book, making them at least as good as they had been in my head. I'm not going to claim that it's Great Art, but I do think it's Hugo-worthy and I expect it will be on my list for Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form) - the only other film I've seen in the cinema this year was The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, which came out in 2014 and so would have been eligible for this year's Hugos (but didn't even make the top 15).


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Oct. 11th, 2015 02:56 pm (UTC)
I had started reading my e-book copy of the book, then my old tablet died, and I had to replace it and upgrade, so that distracted me. So, I ended up seeing the movie first, and while the writing may not be great art, I think the whole gorgeous look of it may be something resembling art.

I'm back to reading the e-book, as my schedule permits, and am appreciating it. I've read people complaining that the movie cut so much out. Well, okay, but how does one fit a year and a half (or so) exactly into movie running time, especially when that timeframe involves so much scientific/technical detail? The movie's over two hours as it is.
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