The Space Between Us is a near-future science fiction romance. In my opinion, it’s a perfect Valentine’s Day movie to drag your significant other along for a night out. It’s optimistic, it’s sappy, and it’s fun. Honestly, I’d put it in the same category of movies as Tomorrowland and Stardust.
The plot isn’t overly complicated. It’s a story about a young man and woman finding themselves.
That can be pretty difficult when they both live on different planets. The interactions between the two main characters is fantastic, with great chemistry and they portray their roles very well.
It’s a movie that takes our going to Mars as a matter of course, and for that I could forgive any number of mistakes in the movie. Fortunately, there’s relatively few, with the most egregious being science stuff (asymmetric-designed ship… groan). There’s a few minor plot decisions that had me shaking my head, but even those are relatively tiny things. The movie as a whole is fun, fast-paced, and with some genuinely sweet scenes.
It’s a movie that makes you feel good about being alive in this era of wonders… and that’s a really good thing in my opinion. They take the time to marvel at human accomplishments and the movie uses Gardener to give an outside perspective on so many things that we take for granted.
I highly recommend seeing this movie. As I said, it’s fun, it’s romantic, and you walk out of the theater feeling good.