ad astra Score: 4 op 5 review Ad Astra: A parable of a prodigal father Film Do sons inherit the sins of their fathers? Ad Astra is an extremely weighty existential space quest, but fans of director James Gray and star Brad Pitt can rest assured: both are in top form. ook in: en English nl Nederlands fr Français James Gray: Stardust Film Ad Astra is being described as a mixture of Apocalypse Now and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Expectations could not be any less realistic. But hey, James Gray is directing so anything is possible.