Hello, fellow moviegoers!
The Space Between Us is directed by Peter Chelsom, and it stars Asa Butterfield, Gary Oldman, Britt Robertson, and BD Wong. It tells the story of Gardner, a teenager who was born on Mars while a group of astronauts were on a mission. Because of this, his body adapted to Mars’s gravity and is different than the average human. When he travels to Earth for the first time, he experiences humanity for the first time and begins to fall in love with a girl named Tulsa. This film was original set to open last August, then it was delayed to December, and now it’s finally opening at the beginning of February. So was it worth the wait?
I’m not sure if there really was a wait for this movie. Most people that I’ve talked to were slightly interested in it, but nobody was dying to see it. The release date changes didn’t really have any effect on the general excitement (or lack thereof) for the movie. With this movie, you pretty much get what you expect from the trailers. It’s a decent romance, with a unique idea, that ultimately fails to make a great impression, but you don’t necessarily regret watching it.
The best parts of this movie were definitely whenever they were dealing with space. When they’re on Mars, or when they're talking about the science behind Gardner, it’s really interesting. They start the movie off with that, and that was a great decision. It started the film off on a positive note, and it grabs the audience’s attention. Unfortunately, the space and science aspect to this film is a minor part of the film. It’s the beginning of the film, and then it’s very minimal over the rest over the rest, but not enough to really make a difference.
It was when the film introduced the romance we see in the trailers that I started to lose interest. It seemed really forced, and they never really explain how the two met or why they started talking to each other in the first place. When we meet these two teens, they already know and really like each other. It removed a big event in that relationship, so we never really get connected to the two of them. It’s difficult to buy into this relationship if you don’t right at the beginning.
The good thing is, contrary to what the trailers might say, the romance isn’t the main story in this film. The film is more-so about this kid coming to Earth for the first time. The story revolves around his immediate experiences with humanity. The romance was intertwined with that, but it was just one piece of the puzzle. Granted, it was a pretty big piece, but it wasn’t the puzzle thankfully.
There is a “big” plot reveal towards the end of this film. I won’t spoil it for you, but there wouldn’t really be much to spoil. It’s extremely predictable. I predicted the big reveal fifteen minutes into the movie. Then, when they revealed it, it had no emotional weight to it. You expect it to happen, it does, then the movie continues unchanged. It wasn’t really a negative thing, but it certainly didn’t add anything to the overall film.
The Space Between Us was a film I was not looking forward to seeing. I wasn’t excited for it, and I had not heard good things about it (it’s at 18% on Rotten Tomatoes right now). However, I was slightly pleasantly surprised by the film. This movie wasn’t bad, in fact, it did have a few enjoyable things in it. It’s not a great movie, but I would still say it was a good one. It’s not a film you need to rush out to see, but if it’s on TV, you won’t feel the need to change the channel, which I guess is positive.
So what did you think of The Space Between Us? Did you see it? Most people apparently didn’t as it came in 9th at the box office this weekend, its opening weekend (ouch!). Let me know by commenting on this post! Also, if you enjoyed this review, share it on Facebook and Twitter. It really helps! Don’t forget, I post every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, so check back then for more movie reviews and miscellaneous movie thoughts!
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