I recently listened to the audiobook of The Martian by Andy Weir and then immediately watched the film version because, why the hell not?! So, in this post I’ll be talking about the differences between the two and who won this battle!
The book of The Martian by Andy Weir is honestly a pretty incredible book. It completely fooled me – I assumed it was a true story and that Andy Weir was retelling the story of what happened to him… apparently this makes me an fool after some googling revealed a bunch of posts along the lines of “some really ignorant people think The Martian is a true story”. Well shit. It was convincing to me. The amount of science discussed in the book is astounding, I can’t even fathom how much research must have gone into this book. The main character Mark Watney is also just an absolute pleasure to read about. He is hilarious and smart as hell. He’s innovative, inventive and the ultimate survivor. At times though, I wanted to see a more human side to him because he pretty much only makes jokes throughout the book or discusses extremely technical astrophysics/botany things that just went over my head (even though they were interesting!). I loved this story a lot more than I thought I would which really surprised me. Rating = 4/5.
Now, the film version of The Martian was a visual masterpiece. The effects were just amazing and you just can’t deny that. Visually, it really helped me understand the baron-ness of Mars. It also simplified some of the really scientific stuff that was too heavy for me. Another thing I really liked about the film was how they gave Mark Watney a more human side. It really showed the toll loneliness has on you. I mean, HELLO, this guy spends like 600 days on Mars… I think you’d definitely lose your sense of humour after a while. The film depicted this well and it made me feel for the character and root for him more. Now, what I didn’t like? Matt Damon. Watching a film with Matt Damon in it makes me sick. Why did I even do this to myself? Maybe he’s a good actor, I don’t really know. All I see is someone who stood by while his friend and colleague sexually assaulted women and did nothing to stop it, while KNOWING what was happening. Now this film came about before everything about Harvey Weinstein came to light but I don’t really care, Matt Damon is trash. He knew about the the complete rot within Hollywood and did nothing. Rating = Film 4/5, Matt Damon 0/5.
So who wins… the book of course!