It seems like we’ve been hearing about Ad Astra forever.
Well, it actually hasn’t been forever. Director James Gray first announced that he would be going into production on Ad Astra in 2016. The film was shot in 2017. It was originally scheduled to be released in 2018 but then the date kept getting pushed back until, eventually, it was announced that the film would be released in January of 2019.
And we were all like, “Oh, January. It must be really bad, then.”
But then the movie was pushed back again, to May.
And we were all like, “Oh, May. It must not be terrible but it’s probably not particularly memorable.”
But then it was moved back again, to September.
And we were all like, “September? Isn’t that when the Oscar movies start to come out?”
So, who knows what to expect? Here’s what we do know: James Gray has directed some good movies (The Lost City of Z) along with some frustratingly uneven ones (We Are The Night). Ad Astra stars Brad Pitt as an astronaut who goes into space in search of his father (Tommy Lee Jones). With Gray directing, one can imagine that there’s probably a bit more to the story than just a father/son reunion. Apparently, Pitt is also going to discover a secret that threaten humanity’s existence. Gary has also said that he wanted to the film’s depiction of space travel to be 100% realistic.
So …. again, we’ll see. When a movie’s release date gets shuffled around as much as Ad Astra‘s, it hard not to be a little skeptical. But the talent involved is impressive enough that I’m definitely going to give the movie a chance.
Here’s the just-released trailer: