“The Space Between Us” Review: Problematic but Lovely

Directed by Peter Chelsom

Sci-fi and romance doesn’t always work that well, it’s either too much or not enough, but sometimes, the charms of its characters work their way to connect to the audience and the let them see past the loopholes of the story and enjoy the ride. And that’s what The Space Between Us is. The film’s oozing with charm from its leads Asa Butterfield and Britt Robertson that you somehow, unconsciously enjoy the film even though it gets ridiculous most of the time.

If not for Asa Butterfield and Britt Robertson, the whole film would be a crazy fantasy of a hopeless romantic who’s into sci-fi. It’s still is, but Butterfield and Robertson made everything adorable as soon as their characters are introduced. The idea is interesting, that two worlds, literally sets two people apart and that when they finally get to be together, everything gets complicated.

Gary Oldman, shouts a lot like his previous films, Carla Gugino takes the role of being the mother-like figure, again. And the film messes its already convoluted story with unnecessary twists and would’ve been better if they had just gone to telling the story of the two leads. Maybe it should’ve started with the heart of the story sooner than it did, then maybe everything will feel less forced dramatically.

But then again, the overall effect of the film is pretty charming. And once you look more into the heart of the story, there’s a chance you might like it more than it deserves. The Space Between Us is too cheesy, but with actors like Butterfield and Robertson, one can’t easily complain.



3 stars

“The Space Between Us” is now showing in cinemas nationwide from Pioneer Films. Rated PG by the MTRCB.

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