I won’t lie and act like I expected The Martian to be nearly as good as it actually was. It looked pretty okay from the trailers but lately I have concerns over any Ridley Scott production. But I have no problem admitting when I’m wrong, and boy was I wrong about this one. Matt Damon gives us one of the best performances of the year as a lot of money is spent trying to save him again from one of his kooky shenanigans (Saving Private Ryan, Interstellar, Elysium…damn Matt Damon). Credit has to be given to screenwriter Drew Goddard, whose adaptation of the source material was spot on and good enough to get Scott out of his filmmaking slump. The Martian is what Interstellar could have been, and while it didn’t look as pretty as Christopher Nolan’s piece of work, it was superb in almost every other way.