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Star turn from Pitt in a spacey odyssey

Ostensibly a near-future sci-fi about humanity’s search for advanced extra-terrestrial life beyond the solar system, Ad Astra is really about the relationships between fathers and sons

22nd September, 2019
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Brad Pitt in Ad Astra: the actor shows again that he can conjure up resonant emotional states with little or nothing

James Gray likes a big canvas. The American writer and director’s style, formed over two decades of filmmaking, is to take an enormous idea – romantic love (Two Lovers), mass immigration (The Immigrant), the Amazon (The Lost City of Z), and focus on the comparatively microscopic human relationships that transform the monumental into the authentic.

Brad Pitt plays Major Roy McBride, an ice-cool astronaut whose “pulse never goes above 80”, even when free-falling...

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