The Martian: Review and Takeaway

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I came round to watching The Martian last night and I can’t wait to tell you about it. I realise I’m late to the party, but better late than never right?

Content
Since the Bourne series I’ve been a huge fan of Matt Damon, so it was easy to get into the movie. It is based on a 2011 novel by Andy Weir and Matt plays the lead character – Mark Watney, a botanist who is assumed to be dead by his Ares 3 team, after a storm on Mars. Till he could be rescued, Mark was compelled to find inventive ways to stay alive despite the harsh climate on the uninhabited planet.

For a science-based story, it was surprisingly entertaining and really funny. You don’t have to be an intellectual to get the gist of it, be immersed and utterly enjoy it. It was so good I had to stop midway to find a pen and paper for this review.

I’m not going to pretend that Matt Damon’s butt didn’t play a role in writing this. It’s not every day a lean handsome man walks straight out of the shower, dripping wet and across my screen. I’ll admit to pausing, rewinding and playing that scene over… just once.

Takeaway

  1. Keep Calm: Bad things happen and often they are sudden. When you find that you are properly screwed. Take time to just breathe.
  2. Count your Blessings: In difficult situations, it’s easy to give up and accept defeat. Take stock of everything you still have going for you, including your shit literally.
  3. Take it Problems at a Time: You can’t fix everything at once. You are not God. Pick a problem, fix it and then get on to the next one. One after the other, never all at once.
  4. Learn to like Math: Seriously, it truly is part of everyday life. Counting may not save your life as in Mark’s case, but it will save you time, effort and money too. Count everything.
  5. Appreciate Solitude: Learn to enjoy your own company. Solitude and loneliness are not the same thing. Solitude maintains a sense of purpose. Learn to revel in it.
  6. Laugh: Even in dark times, keep a sense of humor and quick-wits about you. Learn to laugh at the small things, find reasons to laugh at yourself and your situation instead of beating and talking yourself down.
  7. Listen to Music: Upbeat Music cures almost everything and keeps the demons of frustration at bay. Not Adele, find something exciting, inspirational and play it loud.
  8. Talk to yourself: It doesn’t mean you are crazy, it’s just another way of thinking and solving problems…just, don’t do it when other people are around.
  9. Take Calculated Risks: If you fail you’ll have found one way that doesn’t work. If you succeed you’ll be a pioneer. Just because it’s never been done or it isn’t advisable doesn’t mean it is impossible or wrong.
  10. Prepare for the Worst: Acknowledge that your best may not be good enough. Preparing for the worst is not the same thing as giving up.
  11. Make New Friends: It’s difficult to trust new people but you deprive yourself of mutually beneficial partnerships when you stand with Drake singing “No new friends”. Life is bigger than just your “day one niggas”.

Recommendation & Conclusion
If you havent seen the movie, go out and get it. If you’ve seen the movie do let me know what your thoughts are.

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