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The Martian by Andy Weir (Film and Book discussion)
« on: August 30, 2015, 01:12:48 AM »
About a 1/4 of the way in, and reads like a film. Can't wait to see the Ridley Scott movie. Hopefully will be a return to form for him.
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Re: The Martian by Andy Weir (Film and Book discussion)
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2015, 08:30:28 AM »
Can't wait for the film either, I think Matt Damon is the perfect choice to play Watney.  8)
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Re: The Martian by Andy Weir (Film and Book discussion)
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2015, 09:49:24 AM »
I 'read' the audiobook... it was incredible. The narrator did such a fantastic job that, although I'll watch the film, I have the feeling that the film won't do it justice... I also hope I'm wrong!
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Re: The Martian by Andy Weir (Film and Book discussion)
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2015, 06:11:53 PM »
Read the first few chapters a while back and wasn't enthused, but I think that's because I felt it should've been a film. I'm really excited for the movie, though, and as Raptori said, I think Matt Damon was the perfect choice.
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Re: The Martian by Andy Weir (Film and Book discussion)
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2015, 06:16:15 PM »
I thought it was a really fun book, and yes, definitely had a movie type feel to it. I even got my husband to read it. Don't think he enjoyed it as much as I did, but thats kind of to be expected. I don't think I absolutely loved it to the same level as many readers (think I gave it 4 out of 5 stars), but still fun and really think it should translate well to film. Really looking forward to the movie.
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Re: The Martian by Andy Weir (Film and Book discussion)
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2015, 06:49:37 PM »
I finished. Very good. 4 out of 5 seems a fair rating. I did appreciate all the science that went into it and how Weir made that science understandable for a layman like me. Should be a great movie!
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Re: The Martian by Andy Weir (Film and Book discussion)
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2015, 07:01:00 PM »
Funnily enough, I usually prefer my sci-fi in films and my fantasy in books.
I haven't read this one, but I'll probably go watch it...
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Re: The Martian by Andy Weir (Film and Book discussion)
« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2015, 12:56:03 AM »
I finished. Very good. 4 out of 5 seems a fair rating. I did appreciate all the science that went into it and how Weir made that science understandable for a layman like me. Should be a great movie!

Yeah, I liked that aspect (the easy to follow science). I went to IRL book club (*gasp*), and there was a woman there that evidently had a background where she was nitpicking a couple of the science things. But she seemed the type that would find something to pick on regardless (and evidently she still enjoyed the book).
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Re: The Martian by Andy Weir (Film and Book discussion)
« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2015, 08:51:04 PM »
Just saw The Martian.
Really, really, really good.
Did I say really good?
It's really good.

@Hedin, not sure of your wife's taste in movies, but it's interesting, moving, real, grown up, funny, inspiring, and all sorts of other good things.

Best movie ever? Of course not. Really, really good? I think I said that.

Matt Damon is perfect, and not a lame performance anywhere.  Go see it.
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Re: The Martian by Andy Weir (Film and Book discussion)
« Reply #9 on: October 03, 2015, 09:06:36 PM »
It's not out here for another week.  >:(
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Re: The Martian by Andy Weir (Film and Book discussion)
« Reply #10 on: October 03, 2015, 09:30:52 PM »
I went with the family today, we all really enjoyed it. There were definitely a few great moments in the book that didn't make it to the movie, but I think that's always the case since there's no way they can cover everything. I think they did a great job representing the book and Mark Watney's personality (and pretty much everyone else as well).
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Re: The Martian by Andy Weir (Film and Book discussion)
« Reply #11 on: October 04, 2015, 01:34:13 PM »
Out to see it tomorrow.  8)

Loved the book, though I felt the last lines showed it was a debut novel. But damn it was a great hard sci fi read.
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Re: The Martian by Andy Weir (Film and Book discussion)
« Reply #12 on: October 05, 2015, 02:24:01 AM »
Strong recommend.

Have to squint a bit at so-so science a few times, but thoroughly entertaining.


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Re: The Martian by Andy Weir (Film and Book discussion)
« Reply #13 on: October 05, 2015, 08:27:27 AM »
Another recommend from me, highly enjoyable, and so good to see a film that focuses on human ingenuity and resilience in the face of adversity.
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Re: The Martian by Andy Weir (Film and Book discussion)
« Reply #14 on: October 05, 2015, 08:46:10 AM »
You're almost making my mind up.
I drove to work today, thinking I might go to the cinema after work - Martian or Macbeth... or none...
To be honest I'm afraid I'll miss a lot in Macbeth - I know the story and have read it, but when it's acted the sentences are much more... elaborate...
So I might go to the Martian (if I'm not that exhausted after a 5-hour workshop, that is...)
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