We went to the theatre to see Ad Astra, Brad Pitt's latest movie last night, and we gave it a thumbs-up.

Pitt, as it turns out, is aging nicely (as noticed by my girlfriend). Not just physically (on which my girlfriend made the comments), but he is also showing how accomplished he has become as an actor.

Ad Astra is a movie set in the future, where commercial travel to the moon is second-nature, where some people were born on Mars who have never (or rarely) been to Earth.

Brad Pitt plays Major Roy McBride, the very successful astronaut son of a very successful astronaut, Clifford McBride (are you following me?).  The senior McBride had been (allegedly) lost at space for a few decades when the junior McBride gets called in for a "Top Secret" mission. When an unexplained electrical storm hits our solar system, Space Command looks to find its source.

 

As it turns out, some sort of distress signal had come from the senior McBride's spacecraft, and Space Command wants to investigate, thinking that his spacecraft could be the source of the storm.

Without spoiling the movie, Pitt's character, Roy McBride, is forced to take time to process his father's absence and its effect on the life that he has led.

If you are a sci-fi fan, the movie falls a little flat on outer-space pizazz; if you are a fan of a decent story that might make you examine facets of your own life, this movie shines.

Thumbs-up from me!