Quick Hit: One of the few YA romance movies that was actually enjoyable to watch - disregard the seemingly negative review.
I’ve had a stretch where I’ve watched some terrible romance movies. So when I saw I was about to watch a movie starring Britt Roberson (The Longest Ride), I was a bit skeptical because of the way that movie developed throughout. And ya know, it’s not that this movie does things a whole lot better than some of what I’ve watched recently. Instead it’s just a bit better, and fortunately, that’s enough to be enjoyable for me.
The Space Between Us follows Gardner, the first boy born on Mars. This is because his astronaut mother discovered she was pregnant while on the shuttle to become one of the first colonists of Mars. He IMs a young girl named Tulsa (so named because she was left in foster care in Tulsa) back on Earth, under the pretense he’s stuck in a penthouse with a rare bone condition. Eventually, Gardner makes it to Earth after a surgery to correct his brittle bones (caused by Mars’s lower gravity), and escapes NASA to take a bus to meet young Tulsa. They then go on an adventure to find Gardner’s father.
Looking at the plot, I know what you’re thinking, because I was thinking it before I saw this movie – sounds terrible and is probably based on a book. However, I can attest to the fact that I think it was neither – it’s not terrible (but it’s also not the best), and surprisingly, it’s not based on a youth best seller (yet anyway – book adaptations coming to a store near you!).
Instead, the word that completely describes The Space Between Us can actually be made from letters in its name – “Cute”. It’s drippingly cute, and I can’t help but feel the cuteness of it (despite one scene that is a little bit awkward – but hey, it’s supposed to be). The plot is predictable – like, really predictable. But I think that’s part of its charm overall. It’s a movie that you go into expecting the lamest thing possible, and some of that you get, but what you also get is Asa Butterfield.
I feel as if I was one of the few people that was really rooting for Asa Butterfield to be the next Spiderman. I mean, Tom Holland did a terrific job in Captain America: Civil War, but overall, this movie shows why Butterfield would have chops to do so as well. The highlight of the film is Gardner responding to Earth. Sure, some of it is rather cheesy, as is most of his dialogue with Tulsa, but it’s forgivable because guess what folks – teenagers, especially geeky teenage romantic boys, are incredibly cheesy (take it from a man who used to be one).
Honestly, my biggest problem wasn’t the awkward losing of virginity, it wasn’t the cheesy plot of the predictable dialogue. It was the shoddy science. Otherwise I may even have given this movie a B+. Are we really to assume that a woman who is about to colonize Mars isn’t subjected to any blood tests before leaving that would detect pregnancy? Are we really to believe that a boy who has no milk supplies grew up completely fine on a planet that only has men? It’s not like they brought formula folks – what did they feed that newborn baby? A couple of throwaway lines of dialogue could have explained that and brought me into the plot quite a bit more.
I may sound negative about this movie, but I found myself laughing throughout and having a big cheesy smile on my face. Who cares if Britt Robertson looks like she’s eight years older than the character she’s playing? Love knows no ages folks. I’m giving it a “B-“.
For more on this film, check out IMDB.
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