(Warning: There are three words of profanity in the following post)
Okay, so I cheated. It’s not a huge deal but I broke my own rule and is it awful that I don’t feel bad about it?
Let me back up a bit.
I don’t get out much. Why go pay to see a movie I may not enjoy when I could read the book it’s based on for free? Besides, aren’t the books supposed to be better anyway?
Thus began the rule that I must read the book before seeing the movie. If I see the movie before, I probably won’t read the book at all.
I’ve broken this rule three times in my life with:
- The Bourne Identity
- Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows
and now, The Martian. In these cases, I read the books soon after I saw the movie, and it was usually a struggle since the reading the books take more time and I already know what’s going to happen.
The Martian was different.
If you’re looking for a sign to go read or watch the movie, this is it. The Martian is the best movie I’ve seen all year (yes, that includes Avengers: Age of Ultron). Plus, the movie, directed by Ridley Scott, is so close to the book, you’re not really missing out. I enjoyed reading the book because it gave me even more details of hilarity.
So what is The Martian about?