Shot by Shot with the ‘Ad Astra’ Trailer

James Gray’s latest aims to provide a realistic portrayal of space travel.
By  · Published on June 6th, 2019

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Apollo Moon landing, so it’s only fitting that the milestone event is celebrated with movies about space travel. There’s a bunch of space adventures being released this year, but one of the most exciting is Ad Astra, which looks set to depict a voyage into the unknown that even Neil Armstrong himself would want to be a part of.

In the film, Brad Pitt plays Roy McBride, a man who must travel across the solar system in pursuit of his father, who left on a classified mission into outer space almost 20 years before and never returned.

Ad Astra was directed by James Gray, who previously told Collider that he wanted to create a realistic film about space voyage. As you’ll see from the trailer below, Gray and co. appear to have done an excellent job at presenting a far-out idea with seriousness. It also doesn’t hurt that Interstellar cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema lent his talent proceedings.

That’s an impressive trailer, and the movie has Best Picture nominee written all over it. Let’s break it down and take a look at some of the most interesting scenes.

Roy lies in bed with his significant other (played by Liv Tyler), staring dreamily at something. His wife asks our hero what he’s thinking about. We then cut to a drawing of a rocket ship, which was presumably created by a young Roy as it’s dedicated to his dad.

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