Tonight, I was able to catch an early screening of The Space Between Us. Directed by Peter Chelsom, the man behind Shall We Dance? & Serendipity, The Space Between Us stars Asa Butterfield, Gary Oldman, Britt Robertson, Carla Gugino, and B.D. Wong. I came into this screening not knowing much about it, only seeing one trailer a few months back.
*WARNING MILD SPOILERS AHEAD*
In this celestial adventure, a space shuttle embarks on the first mission to colonize Mars, only to discover after takeoff that one of the astronauts is pregnant. Shortly after landing, she dies from complications while giving birth to the first human born on Mars. This begins the extraordinary life of Gardner Elliot (Asa Butterfield) – an super intelligent boy at the age of 16. While searching for clues about his father, and the home planet he’s never known, Gardner begins an online friendship with a girl from Colorado named Tulsa (Britt Robertson) . When he finally gets a chance to go to Earth, he’s eager to experience all of the wonders he could only read about on Mars – from the biggest to the most epic. But once his explorations begin, Nathaniel Shepherd (Gary Oldman) and other scientists discover that Gardner can’t survive in the Earth’s atmosphere. Eager to find his father, Gardner escapes his bubble and joins with Tulsa on an epic adventure of love and finding his father in the process.
I really enjoyed this movie. Asa Butterfield does a very good job at trying to find his niche in life and does very well on portraying that “outside” kid. He had great chemistry with co-star Britt Robertson and I truly enjoyed their arc in this one. Gary Oldman is fantastic once again. I believe this man can be given any role and he will excel in it. The CGI was quite beautiful to look at especially scenes where it involved being in space and when they were on Mars. Some CGI was a bit spotty but it didn’t derail my experience. While I did enjoy the movie, it was extremely cliché. From “the girl who hates the world” to “the boy who loves her no matter what”, The Space Between Us was oozing with themes we have seen in other movies with similar premise. The first act is also quite boring but thankfully it gets better once Gardner is born. I’m not sure if this is a nitpick or what but when he kept on asking “what is your favorite thing about earth” over and over, it got quite annoying.
Overall, The Space Between Us is a really good movie. While it does have a slow first act, things get better from the second act and on. It was interesting to see his escape and all his discoveries on Earth, and although the end seemed a bit cliched, I think it made its point about human nature pretty well. Despite the “young love and discovering yourself” music that was used throughout the whole movie, it was a solid movie with solid performances from the cast. People will expect a sci-fi movie but it is a drama and love story first. Go check it out when it hits theaters in December.
SuperSam Rating: C+.