I don’t really know much about The Space Between Us. Before I had a chance to check out its trailer I happened upon a note that said it seemed to giveaway the whole story, so I decided to not bother. I do know Gary Oldman is in it though, so that’s something to look forward to.
The Space Between Us is a film that means well, and because of that I tried my hardest to stick with it, but the damn thing is just so overdone and dumb that it eventually broke me and I spent all of its third act laughing and rolling my eyes. Right from the start the film doesn’t make a lot of sense – an astronaut discovers she’s pregnant just after shipping off on a pioneering mission to Mars (how would that even slip by?) – and things only get sillier from there. People disappear for no reason, secrets are kept for no reason, impossible relationships exist for no reason, wild action-y things happen for no reason and on and on and on. It’s ridiculous and difficult to watch because there’s often no explanation for what’s happening on the screen. I will, however, say this about the unfortunately TeenNick-feeling production, it does come off as abbreviated, so I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a longer cut out there somewhere in the world. If there is, here’s hoping it’s much less trying than what’s being shoved into theaters.
I was serious when I noted that The Space Between Us means well. Asa Butterfield’s Gardner is an odd-but-charming character and the film does carry a nice heartwarming message, but because of all the overly dramatic teen-talk and nonsensical plot points, it’s just not something that’s worth your time. Skip.
One Last Thought:
The teenage version of Asa Butterfield essentially looks like this. He even moves like one of those things. It’s really awkward. And hilarious.