Brad Pitt returns audiences to the wonders, terrors of space in ‘Ad Astra’

Brad Pitt stars as decorate astronaut Major Roy McBride in Ad Astra (Photo: FoxMovies.com)

After the cinematic masterpiece of Gravity in 2013, Ad Astra, seemingly set in a not-too-distant future, captivates critics and viewers alike on a stunning voyage into the next great frontier, as our solar system is threatened with annihilation.

The story begins with a narration from lead character and now-famous astronaut Roy McBride, played by Brad Pitt.

Thirty years ago, his greatest inspiration, father, Clifford McBride led a voyage into deep space on a quest to find alien life, but the ship and crew were never heard from again.

“Ad Astra is a lovely, sincere and sometimes dopey confessional about fathers and sons, love and loss that takes the shape of a far out if deeply inward trip…”

— The New York Times’ Manohla Dargis writes.

Now Roy, a fearless, somewhat cold astronaut, is tasked with a daring mission to Neptune to uncover the truth about his missing father and a mysterious power surge that threatens the stability of the universe.

Space exploration is now comercialised in Earth’s not-too-distant future and Ad Astra depicts a seemingly booming tourism sector thriving on the moon (Photo: FoxMovies.com)

The gloriously surreal space epic is also a fantastically well-staged adventure and critics are eating it up.

When translated from Latin, Ad Astra means ‘to the stars’ and that’s literally where the fantasy drama travels, over billions of miles.

Roy McBride and a fellow space explorer on the ‘Space Antenna’ in the opening scene of Ad Astra (Photo: FoxMovies.com)

Ad Astra scored an impressive 83 percent, ‘certified fresh’ score on American review-aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes.

“Ad Astra takes a visually thrilling journey through the vast reaches of space while charting an ambitious course for the heart of the bond between parent and child.”

— Rotten Tomatoes’ critics consensus for Ad Astra.

With the film already out in cinemas across the island, Jamaicans can expect a thrilling ride as the lone astronaut tackles his daddy issues while trying his best to save the galaxy.

Check out the final trailer for Ad Astra in the video below, courtesy of 20th Century Fox: