“What’s your favorite thing about Earth?” That’s the question our protagonist Gardner (Asa Butterfield) asks people when he’s there. For me, there are lots of things I love about Earth: oceans, plants, good people, etc. And also knowing which movies are bad and staying away from them. That’s what to expect when you have to watch The Space Between Us. Did you think this romance between the stars was going to be the least bit engaging?
Gardner Elliot (Butterfield) is the first person to be born on Mars after his mother died while giving birth to him. 16 years later, he befriends an online friendship relationship with Tulsa (Britt Robertson). When he finally comes to Earth, he goes on a journey with Tulsa to find out who his father is and to find where he belongs in our universe.
Originally, this was supposed to be out twice last year. First, it was supposed to come out in August 2016, and then it was pushed to that December and had to move again because they probably didn’t want to have competition between Passengers. When your movie keeps getting pushed back, you automatically know it’s going to end up being lame. In this case, being suffocated in on Mars is probably a better opinion than sitting through The Space Between Us.
As much I do like Butterfield and Roberson, respectively, their chemistry was so dismal and nowhere to be found. Between the two of them, there was nothing that was investing to believe in their fish-out-of-water relationship without being too creative. Just when you think there might be a crack of hope with some scenes, it’s getting pushed off the edge with something awkward. There’s more chemistry in a Taylor Swift music video than in this. Butterfield’s role is really very bland/awkward for a character like this.
It’s always sad to see someone talented like Gary Oldman in these kinds of films that just has him trying his hardest, but just yells when the script needs him to. And how did Carla Gugino end up being in this? At least she was giving a semi-worthy performance in this. All the performances, as a whole, were fine, but this story didn’t give them a chance to profoundly shine through.
The overall story is, without a doubt, predictable. And by predictable, I mean the trailer spoiled the big plot detail. But there could’ve had some potential with this idea with this teenager living on Mars and falls for an earth girl. But because of this dumbass script, it brought on the formulaic cheese fest for all the waste. And anytime where they want to throw in a surprise in the there, it just made the film worse in comparison. The writing is layered with some cringe dialogue between our two leads. This didn’t surprise at the end credits when I saw the name, Allan Loeb. Who’s he? He’s the same schmuck who just came off from writing the “masterpiece” Collateral Beauty. Director Peter Chelsom (Serendipity, Hannah Montana the Movie) honestly doesn’t have any visual style to show the actors how to do a scene without being bored.
If a movie takes place on Mars, it’s a sign that isn’t going to be soon. Even though the entire film doesn’t take place there, it’s always a bad sign. Except for The Martian because that was awesome. If it would’ve been on Ventus, probably would’ve been a better movie, to be honest.
If there was anything that was good that’s worth mentioning, the score wasn’t actually bad. The problem with that is why is this music incorporated with this dull piece of filmmaking?
Everything across the board with the acting, writing, and story didn’t come through. Riddled with cliches trying to reach upon the young adult crowd isn’t going to work here. And this isn’t even based on a book, which is quite a surprise. There was no emotional attachment to be found here as it’s a disposable drama.
And I’m not a scientist, but there are times where you probably have to call out some scientific parts that probably doesn’t make sense or don’t work in real life.
The Space Between Us pours on the pathetic and cheesy Sci-Fi romance that’s utterly uninteresting every which way.