Ad Astra

Director: James Gray
Year Released: 2019
Rating: 2.0

After hearing that his long-gone father - and pioneer in space exploration - H. Clifford McBride (Tommy Lee Jones) has gone rogue out near the planet Neptune, military brass send his son Roy (Brad Pitt) to communicate with him.  With so many leading actors putting on the old space suit - including George Clooney (Solaris ... and Gravity for a few seconds), Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar), Matt Damon (The Martian), Ryan Gosling (First Man), etc. - it shouldn't surprise anyone that Pitt was next man up, but despite the lovely effects (Hollywood's computers do the cosmos justice) it's just a dressed up Daddy Issues movie with a hint of Conrad's Heart of Darkness (with Jones as a version of Kurtz).  I heard rumors that there was an "unreasonable" amount of difficulty putting this one together - even bringing Pitt back to reshoot parts - and while I'm not sure how true that is, this 'finished' version is still very hollow and unsatisfying, so I could only imagine what a wreck it was before.