‘The Martian’ at The Royal Cinema (January 2016)

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. Based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, THE MARTIAN features a star studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.

Review:

Originally built in 1939, The Royal Cinema is an historic Art Moderne movie house located in the heart of Little Italy. The 390-seat theatre was known as the Pylon when it first opened in 1939. Over time, it’s become one of Toronto’s most cherished landmarks.

With the threat of closure looming in 2007, Theatre D Digital moved in during the fall, seeing an opportunity to bring their unique business model to a second facility (the first being The Regent Theatre). The Royal continues to operate in the evenings as a second-run indie/art house cinema. However with extensive upgrades and renovations, it is now also a digitally-equipped screening and live event venue, adhering to the highest standards for picture and sound presentation. It is suited for live concerts, screenings, film festivals, corporate events, multimedia exhibition, and more.

During the daytime, Theatre D operates out of the Royal as a film and television post-production studio. The main theatre becomes a Dolby-approved 5.1 mix room and four picture editing suites are located upstairs. Esteemed Canadian directors such as Atom Egoyan (Chloe, Adoration), Deepa Mehta (Heaven on Earth), Bruce McDonald (PontyPool, The Tracey Fragments), Kari Skogland (Stone Angel) have mixed and/or edited their projects there.

I chose to watch Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’ at The Royal Cinema.  It was the perfect film for the space.

The ambience at the Royal Cinema amplified Ridley Scott’s best film to date.  If you are thinking “I’ve already seen ‘Gravity’ and was disappointed” – ‘The Martian’s is certainly not like any other space film.  It is smart, complex, stitched in cheeky humour but still intense.  Watching Mars through Scott’s lens made me feel giddy.  I remember when Pathfinder first made its first steps on Mars.  It was thrilling!  Was there life on Mars?  What was it like?  Were there people like you and I kicking about?

The film is funny, full of teaching moments and like all Scott films, makes you sit on the edge of your seat hoping the film won’t end.  Check out ‘The Martian’ over January 2016 at the Royal Cinema!

http://www.theroyal.to/

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