Given its rotten reception form critics and its somewhat clichéd trailer, one might be forgiven for thinking that The Space Between Us is yet another teen romance drama of vomit inducing proportions. I was somewhat pleasantly surprised.
Asa Butterfield is the first human born on Mars after his Mother falls pregnant shortly before taking off to live on the red planet for four years. Now 16 years old, Gardner Elliot longs to finally visit Earth, meet a girl he has developed an online relationship with, and locate his father.
Whilst the film does have its cliché moments, and the plot itself has holes galore, The Space Between Us is still an enjoyable movie with solid performances.
Asa Butterfield gives a good performance of a true loner teenager, longing to connect with kids his own age and finally locate his own family following his mother’s death in child birth. You genuinely feel his frustration and his desperation for answers and connection. Whilst it lacks a certain emotional connection with the audience, it’s a still performance to be admired.
It’s not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but despite the poor reviews, there is still a fun, charming, feel-good movie here to enjoy and admire.