Watney’s red planet

Martian growing potatoes… and that’s not even my joke. But the author naming the hero of “The Martian” as Mark Watney could not have known British ’70s culture.
Released in October, it is on in a 3D effect IMAX format for £3 for a week and it is an entertaining and compelling film.
Quite long, and some of the twists seemed odd – that launching a supplies rocket to Mars needed a new design when spaceships and supplies had already been sent; that you’d slow a large spaceship down with a makeshift bomb (made with a bottle of sugar); oh and that we’ll go to Mars (c’mon).
Yet, the science does seem compelling – hey we all know you start a new field by growing potatoes.
Funny at times, but famously not a comedy, despite its classification at the BAFTAs.
Excellent entertainment – go see.

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