Ad Astra: Cor Tenebrae edit

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Total enjoyment!

I liked Ad Astra to begin with. It was not the best sci-fi movie of all time, but never the less a good introvert movie. With some obvious flaws.

Enter this awesome cut! The removal of the voiceovers and the ridiculous ending are the most important and also what makes this so much better. Now you as an audience can think for your self and not be served exposition on a plate.

The moon chase I was initially suspicious of, it was a good scene and I enjoyed it. But without it I must admit it got even better. Now the voyage is more poetic instead of some Hollywood action. Love that change.

I with there was a way of removing The Vesta monkey scenes, but for natural reasons that wouldn't be possible. They're ok I guess, and does not ruin the movie.

Well done on a awesome edit, this I will watch again, thank you!

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I finally got to watch this edit and I am very glad I did! This edit seems less like a bloated epic with a lot to say, more like a contemplative meditation about escape, parenthood, and fear. With all the amazing cinematography.

I was worried that this film, cut down to just the father son relationship without all the narration would be just... preachy? But I love this. If feels like a short film in many ways, in the best ways. It said less, and let my own personal experience fit into the story more. It felt more personal. And the long beautiful space shots allow you to rest your "detective" mentality and sit back and reflect.

Technically there were only a few comments I would make, but nothing ever took me completely out of the movie, and considering the source material, I think this movie made great editing choices.

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While I was a fan of the film in its original state, I have to admit that this new edit will be my preferred choice from now on when I want to watch the movie. The editing is sharp and really tightens the pace. This edit more than anything else allows the stunning visuals to tell the story. Very well done and can't recommend enough. Definite thumbs up from me.

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First off, thanks to Last Impressions for the work put into this edit and for sharing it. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Overall this edit is a substantial improvement over the official release. While I enjoyed the original theatrical cut, it failed for me once Roy McBride (Brad Pitt's character) is alone on the ship traveling from Mars to Neptune. The director, editor, and sound designers' attempt to manufacture phycological tension here never worked for me. What Last Impressions does to refine this scene is a minor miracle, and the rest of the movie is better for it!

Constructive criticism:
The overall theme/thesis of the film is that what we have: Earth, humanity, our solar system, our relationships are all there is, and we should appreciate them instead of looking for more. I'd like to see Roy starting to appreciate the world around him. The character journey the film wants is the evolution of a man so focused on his work he loses sight, like his father, of all the beauty around him. If his change is more apparent and gradual then Roy verbalizing this realization at the end of his journey will land with greater resonance. The film does a decent job with this already, and Last Impressions improves upon it, but there is room for further refinement.

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When Roy travels across the lunar surface, there could be a few additional or extended moments of wonder. i.e. A CU of the earth when they turn to admire it. Let the moon dust scene last a little longer. Tightening those moments to Roy seeing them.

Another opportunity would be letting there be more space, both time and visually, during the travel from the Moon to Mars; this is also a global note for me. I found that a touch too much 'breathing room' has been cut from the film throughout. We don't get to sit with the aftermath of events as much as I think the character needs. A lot of what is happening in the film is internal to Roy's character, and we need time for him to absorb and slowly change. To me, everything on Mars felt rushed. Roy's change from calm to frazzled overall. Not hearing him trying to communicate with his father multiple times resulted in me not buy Roy going against orders and changing his tactics.

Two cuts that didn't work for me.

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The first cut that didn't work for me is from arriving at the rocket to leave the moon to Tomas Pruitt (Donald Sutherland) having a heart attack. I don't immediately have a solution though several thoughts have crossed my mind. On the other hand, going from three rovers to one did work as there felt like a passage of time.

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The second is the shot of Roy giving Donald Stanford (Loren Dean) oxygen on the ship after leaving Mars. (Spoiler) I think simply cutting from the ship taking off and the astronauts slamming into the back of the ship to the ship in space and three dead astronauts being released into it would work a lot better.

I love the ending!

To anyone who reads this, I highly recommend this cut of the film. The plot, character development, pace (for the most part), and score are significantly improved.

Thanks again to Last Impressions for creating this edit. It will be my go-to version of the movie and unlike the original already leaves me with a desire to watch it again!

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Well when I saw this at the theatre I fell asleep and when I woke up the movie was still going. My reaction was wake me when its over. But the edits and changes made here let me watch the movie and actually enjoy it. As in the notes I did feel a kind of Apocalypse Now feel as well as a 2001 one also. This edit doesn't feel so dreadfully long as the theatrical release. With the covid shut down here in California I have come to appreciate the fan edits so much more. And I agree with another review this will be my go to version to watch. Thanks for your time and effort.

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