Ad Astra – The Importance of Relationships
I’m not really going to talk about the movie. I would like to share however an experience of God working through this film to touch people in my own family.
The film Ad Astra takes place in the near future and tells the story of son going to the edge of the solar system to find his father and uncover the source of a mysterious power surge that threatens the people on earth. His father, lives, works and breathes on the edges of the solar system near Neptune where he searches for life on other planets.
The irony of the film is that the father, who so desperately searches for life on other planets, neglects the life on earth in terms of his son, and neglects the lives of his colleagues as he bullies them, threatens them, and eventually kills them.
The story is interesting. What is even more interesting is that something whispered into my own dads ear telling him to watch this same film. My dad didn’t like the film.
I on the other hand was laughing throughout the film as I recognized that the insane Clifford McBride was very much like my own father. Someone who is so mission oriented that he could neglect the close relationships next to him.
I shared my perspective with my dad and we both enjoyed a good laugh. Curiously enough, as we were having our conversation, a relative who had just lost a close relationship asked my dad if he would be willing to go to the gym with him (for company). My dad, in routine fashion said that he was busy and had to focus on the business etc etc etc.
But then something clicked. He realized that he too like the father in the film was giving importance to minor things over the major ones. He realized that he was neglecting relationships in favour of work and productivity.
He ended up going to the gym with the relative.
The film Ad Astra tells the story of a son searching for his father. However, if we look deeper we find that the film stresses the importance of relationships. We can all get lost in work, in our pride and in our own ambition. But at the end of the day it is always deep meaningful relationships that fulfill us. Why then labour for that which fails to satisfy?