Ad Astra is about the relationship between a father and a son. It is about humanities relationship with science and the stars. It is about a mission, one that involves seeking out a resolution, hoping to find the things in our lives that have made us who we are. It won’t be for everyone, but Ad Astra is the first film in some time to take the themes of masculinity head on. The question of “what does it mean to be a man?” is asked of the male species everyday, and it continues to be answered incorrectly. We say, “be tough”, or people complain that the world is getting “soft”, meanwhile men are responsible for 96% of all mass shootings. Why do we do this? What are we proving? Are we making young men tougher? Or are we just setting them up to be lost? Seeking the answers to those questions is why Ad Astra is an incredible journey. It is about a man, given the conflicted task of finding out if his father is still alive at a space station and along the way, he will discover himself. I know I discovered plenty about myself while watching. Ad Astra is an emotional trip into space and beyond.