I finally saw the movie The Martian over Skype (it's how we hang out now. Don't judge!) I was interested in watching this film when Jen recommended the book to me (she even reviewed it here) and I found out Matt Damon would be starring in it (I adore Matt Damon).
This movie has been out for a while now and there are many reviews out there that you guys have probably already read up on so I won't go into too much detail there. I do however, want to talk about some of the things I enjoyed about the film as someone who has now both read the book and seen the movie.
I honestly LOVED the way the book was translated on screen. I'm a bit of a book purist so often times when I see a movie based off a book I've read, I walk out of the movie disappointed. This book did incredibly well onscreen and even some of the parts that were taken out of the film didn't irritate me as much as it did in a lot of other movies I've seen (I'm looking at you, Harry Potter - where was Peeves?!) Much of the dialogues and the internal monologues I loved about the book were preserved in the film. The technological aspect of the movie was incredibly well-executed and there wasn't a moment in the movie I wasn't at the edge of my seat.
Now to the not-so-fun part: I wasn't particularly thrilled about the casting of Mindy Park and "Vincent" Kapoor. Perhaps it's because I'm of Korean descent and am familiar with "Park" as a Korean surname so I was quite disappointed to her portrayed by a non-Korean (non-Asian) actor. Same with Vincent (who was actually called Venkat Kapoor in the novel) who I was pretty convinced would be of Indian decent. In fact, Venkat admitted to being Hindu! While it's true that Andy Weir (the novel's original writer) never physically described any of the characters and Mindy and Venkat could be any race, I couldn't help but feel a bit disappointed. Not that Mackenzie Davis and Chiwetel Ejiofor didn't do an amazing job because they most certainly did), but this was a huge opportunity for Hollywood to diversify. There was an episode in Aziz Ansari's "Master of None" that addressed the lack of women of color in leading roles and this could have been a great time to seize the chance to cast a great actress of color but it didn't happen.
That said, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and the film wasn't about Mindy or Vincent, it was about a group of intelligent people on a mission to save a fellow human being stuck on Mars. I would recommend both the book and the movie!