Yesterday I happened upon the first official teaser released for the upcoming film The Martian. The movie is based on a (really excellent) book by Andy Weir, and is coming out this November.
I'm really excited about this movie.
There are a few things about the book that I really liked that I wanted to highlight here. If you've read the book, you know it is a fast-paced thrill-ride of a story that is nearly impossible to put down, but you'll also know that it does some really interesting things with viewpoint that I found really refreshing, unexpected, and delightful.
The majority of the book is written in first-person past tense, in the form of journal entries by the protagonist, Mark Watney, as he documents his time alone on Mars. When I first picked up the book, I expected the entire story to be in this form, and I would have been completely OK with it because it was done really well.
It turns out that, not too far into the book, it isn't entirely written from that one perspective, and there are even a few points where you see the world through the eyes of an inanimate object. And this is all done in a lighthearted way that simultaneously eases the emotional state of the reader while jacking the intensity up further. Bathos. Make it grim, tell a joke, then turn it up even further.
Check out the teaser below. If you are the kind of person who doesn't want to spoil the movie experience by watching trailers, this one doesn't have any spoilers in it. It introduces the crew of the Ares (the mission to mars), and is shot at a point in the story before the mission leaves for Mars, and the book starts with the crew already on Mars.
There is also the first official trailer for the movie. This trailer does have some story spoilers (light ones, but spoilers none the less), so if you're a purist you might be better off not watching it.
So, if you haven't read the book, I would highly recommend it. And, if you don't want to read the book, I'm becoming more and more excited about the movie and it looks as if it will capture a lot of the tone and content that I really enjoyed from the book. Time will tell, but I'm officially excited.