Friday, December 15, 2017

Movie Review: The Space Between Us

I rarely watch romantic dramas, but every once in a while one looks like it might be something I'd enjoy. I usually wait for it to come out on DVD so I can watch it at double speed and not waste too much of my time if it disappoints.

The Space Between Us is a 2017 romantic, science fiction drama. It is rated PG-13 for language and sensuality but is appropriate for tweens and up.

Overview


While traveling to Mars, an astronaut finds out she is pregnant. Her son is born on Mars. Because of the difference in gravity, he can't safely come to Earth, yet falls in love with a girl on Earth over the Internet and travels to see her. Drama ensues.

The Good


Main Characters and their Chemistry. The main two characters are fairly interesting, and they have good chemistry. That is what makes this film enjoyable. Everything else is pretty clich├ęd and stock.

Straightforward Storytelling. I appreciate how this movie gets out of the way and lets the story unroll. It was a smart move, because the story was solid and the actors did a good job.

The Bad


Predictable. This movie takes the obvious course, offers the obvious conflicts, resolves them with the obvious solution. It would have been nice to have something unexpected happen.

Slow. Because the movie is predictable and goes exactly where you expect it to go, it feels a little long and slow. Editing this down to a 90 minute flick would have helped pacing.

Big Reveal. The big reveal at the end is so obvious that is almost seems silly and melodramatic when they finally get around to it.

What I Would Like to Have Seen


I wish there had been more to this film. It's exactly what you expect it to be, which was a little disappointing.

Overall


The Space Between Us is an enjoyable romantic drama that is well told but very predictable and plays out exactly how you expect it to. The actors do a great job and have good chemistry and are the strong point of the movie with everything else being lackluster and mediocre. I give this movie 3.5 boxes of popcorn out of 5.

   

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