We watched a sort of preview, complete with plenty of CGI and hashtags (#journeytomars) of NASA and JPL’s Mars missions, past and future, ending of course with not a rover scooping up dirt samples, but a man. Then the work-in-progress movie screened and the first scene of it perfectly mirrored the NASA advertisement. I wondered which had come first but quickly lost that line of thought because, man, there are a lot of stars in this movie despite it being pretty much only about Matt Damon/Mark Watney. Kristen Wiig plays a NASA PR flack, which is great casting. Jessica Chastain plays another astronaut, the mission commander, and it is also great casting. Jeff Daniels plays the head of NASA, which is obvious casting. Chiwetel Ejiofor plays, with extreme confidence, the token super brilliant black dude in a space movie. The best part of the film is obviously Matt Damon, who is not just extremely good at being an astronaut, but is funny, and it is nice to see him get to do that, because he is good at that, too. It’s a funny movie, in parts. You will laugh out loud, probably. Also you will grimace, early on, when Mark Watney surgically removes a metal rod from his abdomen.