Matt Damon Is Really, Really Funny
Matt Damon's character Mark Watney gets left behind by his crew when he's presumed dead during a destructive storm on Mars, and from the first second he realizes he's alive, he's on a mission to stay alive and get rescued. The idea of being the lone man on a planet thought to be unlivable sounds bleak, but The Martian is anything but. That's, of course, due to Mark's determination, but really, it's Mark's sense of humor that keeps things from being bleak or boring. Mark records constant logs of his time on Mars, and there are so many jokes and so much self-deprecation, you forget this isn't a comedy.