Just a quick note today. Last night, I went to see The Martian. It was very entertaining and I would recommend it to anyone. You certainly wouldn’t have to be a science fiction fan to like the movie. However, if you are a science fiction fan, I think the movie will be that much more enjoyable.
As you probably already know, The Martian is an adaptation of Andy Weir’s novel of the same title. I listened to the audiobook in April of last year and I loved it. I even remember thinking that it would make a great movie. I mean, the image of Mark Watney driving a Mars rover while listening to disco–that’s just pure gold right there.
So yeah, this one’s almost certainly going on my Hugo nomination ballot for “Best Presentation (Long Form).” Voters can “nominate up to five entries in each category” and I fully expect that when the year is out, I’ll still consider The Martian to be one of the five best SFF films of the year.
What else will I nominate in that category? Well, at this point, I would only put money on Ex Machina, but I still haven’t seen Mad Max: Fury Road and I’ve heard so many goods things.